Latinos Unidos of York unveils new logo

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Members of Latinos Unidos of York, a nonprofit organization empowering the local Latino community, unveiled its new logo Friday, June 1, in front of The Parliament Art Gallery and Tea Bar at 116 E. King St. in York City. Logan Hullinger photo

The Latinos Unidos of York unveiled its official logo during York City's First Friday Latino celebration Friday, June 1, in front of The Parliament Art Gallery and Tea Bar.

The community organization was formed earlier this year to empower the local Latino community and help Latino residents integrate economically and socially into the city.

The First Friday celebrations have taken place for years, but the Latino community made its mark on the tradition for the first time in March.

First Friday Latino takes place in a different downtown location each month. On Friday, salsa dancing, arts and crafts and Latino cuisine filled the city's Royal Square District. 

"We want the Latino community to thrive," said Thais Carrero, the organization's secretary. "Not only us, but the African-American community and all of the people who need it."

However, a banner revealing the new logo took center stage.

The colors within the York County borders represent the Latino community, and the star within represents the city itself, Carrero said.

Salsa lessons during First Friday Latino at Central Market in York City, Friday, April 6, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The logo wasn't the only reveal. The organization also announced it recently became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Lou Rivera, founder of First Friday Latino and member of Latinos Unidos of York, felt that the unveiling of the logo, along with the organization's nonprofit status, solidifies their position in the community.

"It makes our heart happy," Rivera said. "We're at the next level. The Latino community has, and always will be, here in York. But now with our status, people can donate to us and we can make engagement between Latinos and the rest of the community even better."

The organization is yet to have a website or offices in York City, but that is "being worked on," Rivera added.

The next First Friday Latino will be held Friday, July 6. The location is yet to be announced.