Block Party Inspires Community Partnerships

National Night Out was created 28 years ago as a neighborhood crime and drug prevention program to encourage police-community partnerships.

  • Night Out 018

    Image 1 of 4

    Photo: Dan Goldblatt

    Bloomington residents walked around the Crestmont neighborhood, moving from booth to booth while enjoying live, local music.

  • Night Out 004A

    Image 2 of 4

    Photo: Dan Goldblatt

    The event gave Bloomington residents the chance to interact with local organizations.

  • Night Out 008A

    Image 3 of 4

    Photo: Dan Goldblatt

    The event was sponsored by the Bloomington Housing Authority.

  • Night Out 015A

    Image 4 of 4

    Photo: Dan Goldblatt

    Kids played in a bouncy-house.

‘National Night Out’ is an event created to encourage neighbors to work with each other to create a safe community. It’s held in communities across the country. In Bloomington last night, there was a festival in the Crestmont neighborhood where residents got a chance to learn about resources available in their community.

Kids danced and played as a local duo played some Beatles cover songs while parents ambled about the street fair. National Night Out was created 28 years ago as a neighborhood crime and drug prevention program to encourage police-community partnerships.

According to Bloomington Housing Authority’s Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator Danielle Sorden, Bloomington’s event has grown over the past ten years – into a block party with representatives from city, civic, and commercial organizations present.

“One of the main focuses here,” she said, “is to let people in this community know about what’s out there for them, what their resources are.”

Similar events were scheduled for other towns across Indiana, including Columbus, Terre Haute, and Kokomo.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook