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Block Club Ideas

Overview
Have you ever thought of doing something with your block club but didn’t know what to do? Here is a list of special observances that you might be able to organize. This list is by month and gives a synopsis of the intent and a place to contact for further information. 


January
Crime Stoppers Month 
The emphasis is on disseminating information to the public on felony crimes. Local programs sponsor offering anonymous reporting systems that offer rewards for productive tips that help police solve crimes.

For more information, contact:
Crime Stoppers International, Inc.
P.O. Box 30413
Albuquerque, NM 87190
Ph: (800) 245-0009

March
National Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week (first week in March every year) 
This week is promoted by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to urge parents to understand drug and alcohol abuse among youth and provide facts, prevention, and intervention strategies.

For more information, contact:
The National PTA
330 North Wabash Ave., Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60611-3690
Ph: (312) 670-6782
Fx: (312) 670-6783

April
Child Abuse Prevention Month 
National, state, and local organizations participate in activities to draw attention to child abuse and neglect. This effort emphasizes prevention efforts and community collaboration as the key to success in preventing child maltreatment.

For more information, contact:
Minnesota Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
Ph: (651) 641-1568

Alcohol-Free Weekend (typically first weekend in April)
“I’m Free for the Weekend” is an opportunity for adults to role model positive behavior and eliminate alcohol consumption, which is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the nation. Communities can urge adults to sign a commitment to be alcohol-free for the weekend.

For more informationm, contact:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
12 W. 21 St.
New York, NY 10010
Ph: (212) 206-6770

National Volunteer Week 
This is an opportunity for organizations to celebrate the good work of their volunteers. It’s also an opportunity to publicize the benefits of volunteerism and recruit additional volunteers.

For more information, contact:
Points of Light Foundation
1737 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Ph: (202) 223-9186

National Youth Service Day 
This is a celebration to honor what young people have accomplished in their communities and to encourage continued active involvement.

For more information, contact:
Youth Service America
1101 15th St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: (202) 296-2992

August
National Night Out (First Tuesday in August every year) 
This evening seeks to heighten violence and drug prevention awareness and to generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts. This event also strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and sends a message that communities are organizing and fighting back.
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For more information and a free organizational kit, contact:
National Association of Town Watch
P.O. Box 303
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Ph: (800) 648-3688

October
Crime Prevention Month 
This challenges individuals and communities to take action to prevent crime and build communities that nurture and protect young people.

For more information and a free guide, contact:
National Crime Prevention Council
1700 K St. NW 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20006-3817
Ph: (202) 466-6272

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
This raises pubic awareness of domestic violence. It is an opportunity to promote prevention efforts.

For more information, contact:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 18749
Denver, CO 80218-0749
Ph: (303) 839-9251

Turn Off the Violence Day (October 10 – date may vary each year) 
Children, teens, and adults turn off violent television and music and do not attend violent movies. It is an opportunity for schools to teach conflict management skills, families to share activities, and communities to provide violence prevention events and programs. It is also an opportunity for youth to tell government leaders how violence affects their daily lives.

For more information, contact:
Turn Off the Violence
P.O. Box 27558
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Ph: (612) 348-6539

Taken from Partners for Violence Prevention

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