It proved to be a great way to spend a Friday afternoon, as close to 500 community members attended and enjoyed the Center for Human Services Annual Block Party earlier this month.
“We loved all the participation from Oakdale Police Department,” CHS Program Manager Tamberly Stone said of the 30-plus vendors in attendance. “It was amazing … fingerprinting, animal control, the armored vehicle, etcetera. They have participated in years past, but they really went all out this year and I really appreciated it.”
Other notable volunteer contributions from local groups included the Oakdale Lions Club who faithfully provide hot dogs for attendees each year, as well as first time participants Redeemer Church Oakdale. The local church took on the task of games to entertain the children in attendance.
“We wanted to add games this year,” Stone said, “and they came out in full force with volunteers, games and prizes for us. We loved it and so did all of the kids who attended.
“I am so grateful for their help and loved that they were part of our event,” she continued. “It was perfect.”
Stone also shared appreciation an enthusiasm for Master of Ceremonies Emmanuel Elizondo, who works with the CHS Workforce Development Department. According to Stone, Elizondo does DJ work in his free time and brought all his energy to the fun that Friday.
“We have provided this event for the community for the past eight years,” Stone summarized. “We love bringing community together and we love seeing everyone come together and have a great afternoon.”
Center for Human Services, Oakdale is at 631 W. F St., Oakdale. For additional information on programs and services call 847-0420 or visit www.centerforhumanservices.org.