The City of Marion’s Neighborhood Associations are hosting “National Night Out” (“NNO”) on October 6th, 2020 in a new manner from previous years. Neighborhood Associations Coordinator, Kayla Johnson, said due to COVID-19, this year’s event will take place within each neighborhood, promoting ‘distanced relationship building.’ Associations are encouraging neighbors to have dinner in their front yards on Oct. 6th, and socialize with neighbors from a distance. First responders will drive through neighborhoods between 5 – 7pm, pausing to converse with citizens at parks and streets.
36 years ago, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) created “NNO” as an annual community-building campaign to promote strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to foster safer neighborhoods and more caring places to live and work. The NATW has been encouraging communities to build on the purpose of the campaign, and make it their own. More information on the national campaign is natw.org.
Johnson said Marion neighborhood associations have been grateful throughout the years to carry the tradition onward. “In our city, ‘NNO’ will still be an evening to promote neighborly relationships: neighbors — neighbors, neighbors — first responders, and neighbors — city officials…even though this year’s event will be held differently,” expressed Johnson.
Neighbors are also encouraged to keep porch lights on more frequently and replace any broken house numbers. These regular efforts increase safety and efficiency for first responders. As first responders visit each neighborhood, residents are encouraged to take photos & videos and even ask them to participate in a socially distant activity such as a photo op, dance, or any fun thing to build relationships. Please also mention or tag @CityofMarionIN and use #MarionNNO2020 when posting on social media.
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh expressed gratitude that neighborhood associations are continuing the tradition this year. “During these unprecedented times, I am not only pleased, but proud that our neighborhood leaders are continuing to celebrate ‘National Night Out.’ I am a firm believer that the strength of any city comes from the pride and passion reflected within its community.”
About City of Marion Neighborhood Associations — Neighborhood Associations exist with the goal to build and maintain safe, welcoming neighborhoods with the City of Marion together.
About “NNO” — NNO aims to build trusting relationships between the community and first responders.