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FROM THE DESK OF... With so much bad news in the world – and with it seemingly getting worse – it can seem hard to feel thankful, especially in our line of work, when our 2020 Atlantic League baseball season was wiped out. But I’m here to tell you that when it comes to Revs Time, I have plenty to be thankful for. It starts with you, the York Revolution fans we get to count as part of our team family. You all were awesome this year – without bellowing a single “Revolutiooooooooooon!” You kept the Revs Time spirit alive this summer by coming to our opening night drive through, our patio parties and movies, the Smash Bash, and so much more. And many of you wrote nice notes and emails encouraging our great group of employees to keep our spirits up. I can’t tell you how much we all appreciated that. And speaking of that group of employees, I’m thankful that I work with a great group of people who are optimistic, resourceful, cooperative, and fun! Everything we’ve been able to accomplish as an alternative to Revs baseball has been their doing. They make it look easy….and it’s not. They deserve a huge amount of credit for keeping PeoplesBank Park hoppin’ this summer – and bringing you all kinds of great Revs memories and fun digitally. I’m thankful for our sponsors who were amazingly flexible and supportive in helping us keep our business strong so we can live to fight (ok – play baseball) another day. It’s true that our relationship with them is about business, but it is clear that they understand their role in keeping Revs Time alive for York County families. We literally would not be here without them. I’m certainly thankful that we are the stewards of a magnificent ballpark. I mentioned above all the alternative things we did this year. We could never have done those without a first-class venue in downtown York. When I take in all of the minor league ballparks in the country, I am grateful that our ranks in the top tier. And speaking of top tier, I’m thankful that we are members of the Atlantic League – the first and the best Partner League of Major League Baseball. The entire minor league baseball world is undergoing a huge shift right now, and if you need proof of my “first and best” claim above, two of our teams – the Somerset Patriots and Sugar Land Skeeters – have recently affiliated with Major League organizations. The distinction between “affiliated” and “independent” teams is evaporating. While that leaves two empty spots in our league, trust me when I tell you that our future is very bright in this new minor league world. We should all be thankful that, beyond our little York Revolution universe, there are thousands of our fellow Yorkers working in hospitals and doctor’s offices who have had nine months of strain that makes our challenges look easy. And thousands more in grocery stores, Post Offices, utilities, and many other professions who have kept things chugging through the pandemic. We are lucky to benefit from their efforts. And finally, on a most personal note, I am thankful to have the best job in the world. I can’t think of a better way to earn a living than creating “Best Day Evers.” Yes, it is true that the pandemic has put a huge strain on our business, but even in that time, seeing the awe on the face of a five-year-old who gets to play t-ball on our field is a huge counterweight. Let’s all be thankful that 2021 looks brighter, both for baseball and the health of our community. Until we see you on opening day 2021,
ERIC MENZER President
YORK COUNTYâ€™S COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY Celebrating 55 years of helping York County break the cycle of poverty
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HELP ON THE JOURNEY Sean Turner still remembers those hot summer days holding a sign at the exit ramp for Interstate 83 advertising a closing sale for Kmart. He managed to negotiate a higher day’s pay just so that he could feed his family, but the 47-year-old man truly believed there was something better in his future. When Sean arrived in York several years ago, he didn’t have a place of his own to stay, received a variety of public assistance, and struggled to find a job that provided for his family. But cooking, a life-long passion, opened a door for Sean – this time at Community Progress Council. The trained cook has had short stints in kitchens across the country, from New Jersey to Florida, but if you ask him today about his favorite mouths to feed, it would undoubtedly be the pre-school children in CPC’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in York City.
At times – to bridge that gap – CPC will provide financial support that could include help with childcare costs so a parent may attend a class, vehicle repairs for reliable transportation back and forth to work, or the cost of a GED test. These measures are critical to set low-income residents up for success as they work to achieve their goals. Community Progress Council also offers housing and financial counseling, early childhood education, nutritional support through WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), workforce development for those facing barriers in securing employment, and a Foster Grandparent Program that pairs low-income senior citizens with classrooms across York County to help children to develop basic learning skills and emotional support. Because of the work that CPC does to help low- and moderate-income residents throughout the community, new homeowners like Dan and Krista Green of Felton can watch their life-long dreams come true after attending a workshop for first-time homebuyers held by Community Progress Council. Parents of young children are provided the childcare they need through Community Progress Council’s Head Start and Pre-K Counts programs in order to secure jobs that support their respective families. And thousands more are taking steps toward progress through CPC’s WIC and workforce development programs aimed at providing resources and removing barriers to becoming financial stable.
Sean is just one of many individuals across York County who are working hard for a better life through programs offered by Community Progress Council – York County’s community action agency and the York Revolution’s 2020 presenting sponsor. Breaking the cycle of poverty in York County seems like an insurmountable task, but Community Progress Council is determined to work with low-income residents to make its vision – that all people in York County live free of poverty – become a reality.
In addition to empowering York County residents to move toward financial self-sufficiency, CPC’s mission also includes advocating for change to promote community growth as a way to bring systematic reform to community and governmental structure that ,in some cases, prevents York County’s residents from breaking the cycle of poverty – something that has challenged generations of families throughout the area. In 2020, as the York County community has felt the devastating economic effects related to the Coronavirus pandemic, Community Progress Council has joined other organizations throughout the community to help residents who are struggling financially – especially those threatened by eviction and facing unemployment.
The work of Community Progress Council goes beyond providing emergency services, and instead helps people meet their immediate needs and supports them as they strive to make progress to becoming financially stable. CPC’s mission of empowering individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency is backed by a team of educators, nutritionists, counselors, and coaches who provide the crucial guidance that so many of York County’s residents need to make it through the long process of moving from poverty to financial self-sufficiency. Over the past 55 years, CPC has provided these valuable services to low-income residents – from Hanover to Lewisberry, Red Lion to Delta, York City, and everywhere in between. Getting out of poverty is often a journey that takes years to finish and comes with many challenges along the way. Realizing that it is a difficult road to take alone, CPC’s Self-Sufficiency Program helps residents bridge the gap from poverty to financial stability. Coaches build strong relationships with participants and serve as mentors, advocates, and advisers by first helping individuals and families to set goals, and then by partnering with them to reach financial independence.
To learn more about Community Progress Council, its programs and services, or its impact on the York County community, visit YorkCPC.org or call (717) 846-4600.
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“Deck the concourse” may not be how the carol goes, but that’s what the York Revolution and York Traditions Bank are doing in the age of socially-distanced holiday celebrations.
Spruce’d Up: A Celebration of Trees presented by York Traditions Bank has gathered more than three dozen trees on the concourse of PeoplesBank Park, where the York community is invited to stroll through the festive display and vote for their favorite trees decorated by area businesses and organizations. The free admission for the public and donations to both Revolution sponsor Community Aid and the charities of the top three decorators are all possible thanks to York Traditions Bank’s support. “This is the kind of generosity and support of the York area we have enjoyed from York Traditions over the years and just the latest reminder of how fortunate we are to have them both as a sponsor and a part of our community,” said Revolution Vice President of Business Development Nate Tile. The free family-friendly event kicked off Friday, November 27, and is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until December 20. It features holiday music, special offers on Revolution merchandise, and themed entertainment on Saturday nights.
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Built within the Arch Nemesis, the tallest wall in all of professional baseball, the manual scoreboard at PeoplesBank Park is a reminder that even in the evolving and technologically-savvy sport of baseball, some things are still best done the old-fashioned way. It’s a reminder that America’s pastime was forged in a time before cell phones, video boards, and artificial surfaces – and a pledge that even as our sport steps forward we will never forget from where baseball came.
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The holidays are a great time to the share the gift of Revs Time with your favorite Revs fan (or yourself- we won’t tell!). The newly revamped First Capital Federal Credit Union Team Store has some great gift ideas, including some recommended by Revolution staff members. Check out their picks and the things these pieces of Revs gear say about some of the people who bring you Revs Time!
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