York City and York XL hosting community empowerment events Saturday

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Nathan Newlin, left, of York City, and Sal Galdamez, a realtor and founder of York XL, fill paper bags with donated items following a press conference held to introduce 10,000 Acts of Kindness, a year-long collaborative effort to spread kindness and goodwill, outside of the York County Administrative Center in York City, Friday, June 29, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City and York XL, a local advocacy organization, are hosting community empowerment events on Saturday.

York XL will hold a street meet from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday in an area named the Broad Street Greenway, which runs roughly from Goode Elementary School to Hannah Penn K-8 School. Events include children's activities, music and pre-planned neighborhood projects, according to a city press release on Friday.

“Street meets may look like scaled down block parties, but they’re designed differently,” said Sal Galdamez, founder of York XL. “They allow us to get to know people, where they live; they allow us to try to understand their lived experiences. The fun activities are just a way for us to build trust that will allow us to ask people about their skills, passions, interests and priorities.”

York XL will be holding simila events through November in collaboration with dozens of local organizations.

Saturday's event take place alongside another event in collaboration with the city Health Bureau known as the Better Block project, which will include neighborhood beautification, recreation and traffic safety initiatives in the area, the release states.

"These short-term improvements are a demonstration of things that residents could advocate to become permanent changes,” said Nicole Smith, the Health Bureau's community health specialist.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.