YORK, Pa. — A local church lent a hand in making York more beautiful as part of its Hope-Fest Event.
Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 740 West Locust Street, kicked off the weeklong event on Monday after a two-year absence.
Tuesday's events centered around clean-up, including trash pick-up, graffiti removal, and repainting the Bantz Park basketball court.
Organizers say the event promotes teamwork and unity within the community.
"Some of the goals of Hope-Fest are just to bring the community together and we're doing that in several different ways," Solita Day, a licensed social worker and volunteer with the event said.
"We're resurfacing and repainting the basketball court so the children have someplace to play on," Day said.
"I'm excited with having me, my daughters, just to come out together as a family and do this to help improve the society, the community that we live in," Evans Vielle, a minister with Shiloh Baptist Church said. "Hope-Fest is a way to give back to the community."
Hope-Fest continues until Aug. 7. The event originally began in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 York race riot.
Wednesday's event is all about giving back to the community.
At 10 a.m., there will be a bus pass roundtrip giveaway for the first 100 people that arrive at the event. At 1 p.m., the first 100 cars that arrive at the York County Economic Alliance will receive a free gas card.
The senior pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church says it’s important to make sure that people know that they have a support system in the community as we continue to deal with issues like the pandemic and high gas prices.
A basketball championship will be held Aug. 3-5 in partnership with The Kennedy Project. A community cookout is also planned.
A full event list can be found below:
For more information on the event, visit the Shiloh Baptist Church Facebook page.