ARCATA- Hundreds gathered in Arcata on Monday for the annual I Block Party, where proceeds go to improving the quality of life for people in a Central American town.
"It's easy to help them by coming to an event like this and have a good time. I think it's sometimes easy to sort of forget all the luxuries we have here and when you go to Camoapa and realize people don't even have water in their homes or they don't even have a flush toilet, it makes you remember it's easy for us to give a little bit and make a big difference," said Nora Wynne, a Volunteer for the Arcata-Camoapa Sister City Project. The Arcata-Camoapa Sister City Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Capoapa, Nicaragua.
This year marks the 29th year the non-profit organization has held the block party. The money raised, which organizers hope is $8,000, will go towards improving the well being of people in Arcata’s Sister City in Nicaragua. The projects that will be funded are a water system for a Hospital and school supplies for high school students. At the I Block Party, food, face painting, live music and a silent auction were featured.
"It's nice to not have to work today. The food is delicious. We've got some good music and it's really nice to see the whole community come out and have a good time," said Douglas Specht, who is an Arcata Resident.