Elevate volunteers at local National Night Out event, aiding in strengthening community relations with our local law enforcement and showing support for our county’s drug prevention programs. It is an annual tradition for Elevate Addiction Services to get out and show our support for our local law enforcement by volunteering at our local National Night Out event, and this year was a huge success!
National Night Out
The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been celebrated by communities across the United States and Canada since 1984, making this celebration a long standing tradition across the nation and for our local community in Santa Cruz County. The goal of this celebration is to promote and enhance relations between local law enforcement and the community they serve, while also aiming to bring more awareness about police programs in the community.
Elevate was honored and grateful for the opportunity to once again help host our local National Night Out event at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff station near our facility. In our line of work we often work closely with our local police department to do our part at keeping our community safe and drug-free, and we strongly support our community’s drug-prevention efforts.
Food & Fun for the Community
National Night Out events vary across the country with some being as simple as a block BBQ while other cities host a full festival including live music, food, entertainment and safety demonstrations by emergency personnel. Here in Santa Cruz county we celebrated in style.
Elevate donated two bounce houses and a soccer game for the children to enjoy, as well as 10 volunteers working to get the kids who attended active and playing games, while also taking time to talk to them about drug prevention and awareness. Our local Sheriff station and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel provided ample food at no charge for all community members in attendance, serving freshly grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and local fresh fruit served over whipped cream as dessert.
Our local law enforcement were seen mingling with attendees, serving food, playing with children at the playground, and even offering to babysit smaller children for parents who attended while they enjoyed their complimentary meal.
The Watsonville Taiko drumming group donated free entertainment, putting on a traditional Taiko drumming performance followed by inviting attendees to join them for a free Taiko drumming lesson.
We Love Santa Cruz County!
Although this event is only one of many that Elevate volunteers at throughout the year, it is one of our favorites to be a part of and we will continue to show our support for this community event for many years to come! Thank you to all of our local law enforcement, first responders, and emergency personnel for working towards making our community a safer place for us all to live, and for continually aiding us in our efforts to combat local drug and alcohol abuse through drug prevention and treatment efforts. Your hard work and dedication to our community does not go unnoticed here at Elevate and we feel blessed to live in a community that has such strong relations with their local law enforcement agencies.