National Night Out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. “A connected neighborhood is a safer neighborhood,” their motto declares.
In Texas, National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in October, when residents in neighborhoods throughout the state are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters, and EMS paramedics.
The residents of Trinity Place Apartments, the LSS senior independent living community in Round Rock, have made National Night Out one of their community service projects. They have been active participants in the event for four years, and each year they ramp up enthusiasm by creating a party atmosphere and encouraging more people to join with the Round Rock Police Department to spread the word and get involved.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Trinity Place held a “carnival” with more than 100 volunteers, residents, and family members joining in on “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
Trinity Place residents logged 117 volunteer hours helping stuff the “NNO” bags for the Round Rock Police Department, baking cakes for the cake walk, and serving hotdogs, chips and sodas. Everyone played carnival games and enjoyed the evening with over 30 of Round Rock’s finest from EMS, Fire and Police Departments.
Trinity Place Apartments, operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South, is an independent community for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who qualify for HUD 202/8 program. For more information call 512-244-0366 or visit www.trinityplaceapartments.org.