Find neighborhood and community celebrations in the county



The national evening is back.

On Tuesday, neighborhood groups and municipalities in the Erie region will once again participate in the national campaign to promote community camaraderie and partnerships between law enforcement and those they serve.

At events throughout the Erie region, there will be free food, music, children’s games, face painting, obstacle courses, and the chance to win safety gear like smoke detectors. smoke and first aid kits.

Citizens can also interact on site with law enforcement officials, firefighters, government officials and representatives of various social service agencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic closed National Night Out in Erie County and much of the country in 2020 – one of the most important nights of the year for neighborhood organizations and others who are strive to fight crime, scourge and other issues.

The event is also an opportunity for organizations to present their neighborhood improvement work and encourage residents to get more involved.

According to the organization, the United Way of Erie County provided a total of $ 13,200 to help fund 16 national evening events in the Erie area, 12 of which are held in the town of Erie.

United Way has helped support National Night Out events in Erie County since 2004. The organization has not funded the National Night Out rallies in 2020, choosing instead to award grants to local neighborhood groups that organize the ‘event.

These groups, in turn, used the money for programs / initiatives that directly addressed the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think this year National Night Out is really important because a lot of people really want to go out and be with other people,” said John Villa, director of the Neighborhood Resource Organization, which runs programs to help groups. Neighborhood Watch and other neighborhood organizations throughout the city.

John Villa, director of the Neighborhood Resource Organization and coordinator of Erie's Snoops Neighborhood Watch group.

Villa is also the coordinator of Snoops Neighborhood Watch, a neighborhood organization that tackles crime, neighborhood deterioration and other issues in an area from 12th East to 15th East, between French Streets. and Wayne.

He called National Night Out a “Super Bowl for neighborhood watch groups.” in front of their homes in a community spectacle.

More than 35 years later, approximately 38 million people in 16,000 communities participate in national evenings each year in the United States, Canada and at military bases around the world.

Here is a list of United Way affiliated National Night Out events in the Erie area on Tuesday and their start times:

  • Neighborhood Association of the Academy: Baker’s Field, 32nd Street East and Holland, 6 p.m.
  • Bayfront East Side Working Group: Wallace Park, at Wallace and East Front streets, 6 p.m.
  • Belle Vallée Fire Department: 1514 Norcross Road, Millcreek, 6 p.m.
  • Diehl Primary School / Mercyhurst University: 2327 Fairmount Parkway, 6 p.m.
  • Eastern College: 1001 Atkins Street, 4 p.m.
  • Edison Elementary School / Boys & Girls Club of Erie: 1921 East Lake Road, 4 p.m.
  • Elk Valley Elementary School / Elk Creek Recreation and Recreation Council / Rice Avenue Community Public Library: 2556 Maple Avenue, Lake City, 6 p.m.
  • Erie’s Free Store: Elmwood Presbyterian Church, 2816 Elmwood Avenue, 4:30 p.m.
  • Glenwood United Methodist Church: 2931 Myrtle St., 6 p.m.
  • Township of Greene: 9333 Tate Road, 6:00 p.m.
  • Erie Housing Authority: Block 4200, avenue Crestmont, 5 p.m.
  • Iroquois Elementary School / Canton of Lawrence Park: 4231 rue Morse, 6 p.m.
  • McKinley Elementary School: 933 East 22nd St., 3 p.m.
  • Our West Bayfront Bayfront / Harbor Neighborhood Association / Boulevard Park Neighborhood Watch / Gateway Park Neighborhood Association / Martin Luther King Center / Garden County Association / West Bayfront Neighborhood Watch / West Side Saints Neighborhood Watch: Gridley Park at West Sixth and Liberty Streets, 5 p.m.
  • Perry Elementary School / Erie Family Center: 955 W. 29th St., 4 p.m.
  • Erie Youth Leadership Institute: Ted Amendola Memorial Ground near West Second and Wallace Streets, 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the United Way of Erie County at or

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