On May 23, 2018, Santa Maria Community Services hosted 36 recent academy graduates from the Cincinnati Police Department’s 108th recruitment class during their annual Week of Service.
Throughout this week, new police officers volunteered at a variety of community organizations throughout Cincinnati in an effort to give back to, and get to know, the community in which they will be working. During their time at Santa Maria’s Warsaw Avenue location, members of the Cincinnati Police Department including District 3 Police, the Special Forces Warsaw location, and the new police officers, helped in holding a neighborhood cookout for the community of Price Hill.
Over 250 community members enjoyed food, music and dancing, games, giveaways, and face painting for the kids. For over 3 hours officers cook burgers and hot dogs, engaged with the community, and participated in a variety of volunteer activities including picking up trash, working in the community garden behind the Price Hill Public Library, and working with Santa Maria’s Youth Development Program at the Joe Williams Family Center in Lower Price Hill.
During the cookout, community organizations including Healthy Moms and Babes, the Salvation Army human trafficking program, Rees E Price, the Price Hill Recreation Center, the Price Hill Public Library, and event partner Price Hill Will offered resources for community members.