The National Night Out was a great success in both the Carol Stream and Warrenville communities. The event, held in early August, promotes the partnership between police and the community with the goal of making neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
Warrenville Youth & Family Services participated at the Warrenville event, which was held in Cerny Park. Leslee Cremer, WYFS Youth Prevention Specialist, said it was a highly attended family event. The evening included food, kids’ games, prizes, music and a chance for kids to touch fire trucks and police cars. At the WFYS tent, staff offered fall registration for youth programs, recruited volunteers, made new contacts with students and families, and caught up with current and past students and clients.
Leslee says National Night Out is a great opportunity for WYFS to share information about their programs with the community and support the mission of making neighborhoods safer. “We are an important part of this community and we want to be visible to Warrenville,” she says.
A few communities over, National Night Out was held at Community Park in Carol Stream. This event also featured games, music, food, and police and fire vehicles. Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream was just one of the many organizations in attendance, and Michael Thompson, Prevention Education Specialist, represented OCC. “It’s important to notify the community that we care deeply about it and encourage people to take advantage of the various services that we provide,” he says. “The event was very successful due to great teamwork from my colleagues and volunteers and a great turnout.”