Essence Festival 2018 kicks off with a day of service

July 5 2018 | Latest News

A pep rally and second line clean up parade down O.C. Haley Boulevard kicked off the Essence Festival 2018 Day of Service [Adopt-A- Neighborhood: Central City] Thursday (July 5) starting at the Dryades YMCA. 

The group sheltered from the sun under tents as they were treated to lunch before starting clean up and beautification projects at a half dozen schools and community centers in the Central City neighborhood.

"I like taking care of the community," said 14-year-old Lanaya Smith. She and other NORD campers were part of a group of over 50 volunteers who painted, planted and picked up trash around the Dryades YMCA.