Neighborhood Services News

In the community...

In the community...

Posted: 08-02-2011

Long streams of water shot high into the air from GRFD hoses, children laid in the middle of Madison Avenue cooling down underneath, the fiery UPS truck with flames on the side was on display for the children, Mrs. Peoples, Kid Christ and a few others were on the agenda for entertainment at SECA’s annual National Night Out which took place August 2nd.  

National Night Out is a FREE and unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Hotdogs, greens, and chicken wings were available for hungry residents along with a couple barrels of ice cold bottled waters.  As the first day of school approaches, SECA partnered with UPS, Spectrum Health and the Salvation Army Kroc Center to prepare neighborhood kids with backpacks and school supplies.   SECA also had close to 1000 “Earth bulb” light bulbs prepared for give away to the 70 residents in attendance.  A large number of community leaders were present at the event, amongst them were:  3rd Ward Commissioners Elias Lumpkins and James White, Grand Rapids Police Chief Belk and the City Manager Greg Sundstrom.      

Congratulations to Marshon Peoples and Gertrude Hobson of SECA on a successful community event.