Every year in October, Anthem, AZ residents celebrate Anthem Neighborhood Watch’s (ANW) Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event. Formerly known as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement.
Representatives from local law enforcement and fire departments, as well as the Anthem Community Council, Anthem’s Homeowners’ Associations and ANW, visit neighborhood block parties to meet with residents, answer questions and encourage continual neighborhood engagement.
These block parties, in Anthem neighborhoods, feature a variety of food, music, games, community information and prizes donated by local businesses.
- Businesses – make a modest donation to help support the prize drawings.
- Residents – contact local neighborhood block captain for dates and times of parties or how to be more actively involved in the planning stages.
- Block Captains – start spreading the word in neighborhoods to get residents involved, seek volunteers, help coordinate the party and spread enthusiasm!
For more information: AnthemNeighborhoodWatch@gmail.com.
In 1998, representatives from local Valley municipalities gathered together to brainstorm ways to reinvigorate Arizona residents in the planning of neighborhood block parties. It was determined that planning annual National Night Out block parties (which take place in August nationally) was just too challenging for our residents living in the intense Arizona heat. Therefore, the statewide event was moved to October, renamed, and now coincides with Public Safety Month.