Contra Costa County hosting annual Summer Block Party this week

Event a chance for residents to access county services in festive setting

Contra Costa County residents interested in learning about their county government and taking advantage of its services are in luck because this Thursday (Aug. 15) the county is hosting the third annual “Summer Block Party.”

The Summer Block Party provides a festive and fun environment where residents can meet with a variety of county officials and gain access to public services such as marriage licenses, library cards or energy efficiency rebates.

“This is an opportunity for any Contra Costa County resident to come learn about services and to take care of business you might have,” Board of Supervisors Chair John Gioia said. “Staff will be ready to help you.”

"It’s exciting to bring all of our different services together to benefit the community, at a time and place more convenient to their busy schedules,” added Kathy Gallagher, director of the county's Employment and Human Services Department. "Our goal is to make it not only convenient, but fun."

Services that will be available at the Summer Block Party in Richmond will include, but are not limited to the following:

* Animal licensing

* Vouchers for pet vaccinations

* Marriage licenses

* Copies of vital records

* Library card signups

* Job training opportunities and information

* Signups for free benefits, such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal

* Foster parent applications

* Signups for veterans’ benefits

* Voter registration

* Child ID kits

* Information about Contra Costa County’s Clean Slate program

* Energy efficiency rebates

* Contra Costa Television (CCTV)

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said he was looking forward to the upcoming party and told residents it is a great opportunity to connect with public officials and learn about county services.

In a statement Butt said: “So many of our local service needs are provided through the county in partnership with city government, and this event will give Richmond residents a great chance to discover those resources and programs that they can use.”

The county’s third annual Summer Block Party will be held on Thursday (Aug. 15) from 5-7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 440 Civic Center Drive in Richmond.

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