The concepts of “neighborhood” and “community” have evolved greatly since I was growing up. Advents in technology have brought a world of information to our fingertips, but this global connectivity can cause us to lose sight of the people and places right under our noses. Studies have shown that neighborhoods high in social cohesion and engagement increases community members’ willingness to take action and intervene on behalf of the common good when issues arise. That is why WinnCompanies has been a committed sponsor for National Night Out activities across the country for more than two decades.
National Night Out provides a yearly opportunity to bring together residents, community groups and public safety agencies across the country in order to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
This past week, I had the privilege of attending the National Night Out celebration at Castle Square, a community in Boston’s South End neighborhood. This celebration was of particular significance to me, as 2018 marks 30 years of ownership-partnership between WinnCompanies and the Castle Square Tenants Association. It was truly amazing to witness the residents of Castle Square and residents from nearby communities in the South End coming together to enjoy music, food and activities and connecting with local law enforcement officials.
Equally incredible is the fact that at the exact same time, similar events took place at more than 70 communities managed by WinnResidential in 19 states and the District of Columbia. These one-night celebrations require significant planning and budgeting and involve months of hard work on the part of our team members, who coordinate with vendors, service providers, law enforcement agencies and public officials; however, the unforgettable experiences created for our residents and members of the surrounding neighborhoods are worth all of the time and money invested.