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National Night Out: Service Ideas

The 29th Annual National Night Out is August 7. On this night, communities across the U.S. stand up against crime. Here is a list of five ways to volunteer with your family to support National Night Out.

1. Thank your local law enforcement. Your local police force works to protect your community, so take this time to thank them for all they do with handmade cards, baked treats or another special gift.

2. Volunteer with the local neighborhood watch. Neighborhood watch programs work to make sure the neighborhood is safe, especially in the evenings, and discuss ways to make the neighborhood a safer place to live.  If your neighborhood doesn’t have a watch program, start one and register it with the National Association of Town Watch.

3. Clean graffiti. Some communities will provide the supplies to volunteers who are willing to clean up graffiti.

4. Find out if there is a home or shelter in your area that keeps teens off the streets and see if you can volunteer. Keeping young people away from the dangers of the streets is a worthwhile cause, and this is a good opportunity to support it.

5. Check out what your community is doing to celebrate National Night Out. Many communities are planning block parties, barbeques or festivals to bring local citizens together against crime. See if you can volunteer at an event in your area.