We Thrive in Riverside hosts National Night Out

Riverside Parkway road sign in article about homicde suicide at EpiCenterRiverside Parkway (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

For the tenth year, We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association will host the National Night Out. The event will be held Sunday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. in the field in front of Parkview Apartments, 260 Riverside Parkway, Austell, Georgia.

According to a press release from Monica Delancy, executive director and founder of We Thrive in Riverside, the focus of the gathering is “for neighbors to connect, reconnect, and build relationships with each other and the police department in the community where they live.”

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a foundation that has issued grants for community projects since its founding in 1951, gave a $3,000 grant for We Thrive in Riverside to provide support for the event and other initiatives the organization does in the 30168 community of Austell.

STING, Inc. (Steering Triumphant Innovators of the Next Generation) is a platinum sponsor of the event, and the Cobb County Police Department Precinct 2 is a partner.

According to the press release, “The Riverside community (Austell, 30168) has a rental occupancy rate of 65 percent.  Renters are the least likely group to get involved in the community.  We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association provides opportunities for renters to get involved in the community through outreach events, community meetings, and providing quarterly newsletters to the community.”

The website for the National Association of Town Watch, which coordinates National Night Out events across the country, states, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

Vendor opportunities for the local event on Riverside Parkway are available.  Contact Monica Delancy at 770-369-6531 if you would like to be a vendor.