Anne Clark: Embracing York’s giving spirit

Anne Clark of York says the city is “one of the most giving places” she’s ever seen and feels fortunate to be a part of it.

Presented by: Our York Media
Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Anne Clark (Photo by Anthony Machcisnki/Our York Media)

Anne Clark started her new summer program at Lincoln Charter School with high hopes, but she quickly ran into problems.

“Things weren’t running right and there wasn’t a lot of money,” she remembers, “and I was thinking I was going to give up.”

Desperate for help, she reached out to a local church group for volunteers. They linked her with four teenagers who could help for just four days of the six-week program. Anne took what she could get.

The next day, 14 teenagers showed up. A day later, there were 24 of them ready to volunteer. They didn’t just stay for four days – they stayed for the entire program.

That was in 2012. Every year since, more volunteers from local churches, Crispus Attucks and former students have come to help the program.

York is one of the most giving places I’ve ever seen. I’ve been so fortunate because if I want to do something for the community, I’ve had all these people rally behind me.

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Years later, when she had a bad day, she thinks about that summer.

“God took me to a place – to the darkest place – then he showed up with these kids,” Anne says. “Those teenagers had a love for something that they didn’t have to love. They had a true giving spirit, and that’s remarkable.”

Those teenagers did more than just bring success to the program, Anne says. They showcased one of York’s greatest assets: its ability to care and get things done.

“York is one of the most giving places I’ve ever seen,” she says. “I’ve been so fortunate because if I want to do something for the community, I’ve had all these people rally behind me.”

Anne returns the favor through focusing on the children.

“There’s nothing more important than the kids,” Anne says. “When I’m around our students or any children, I just see the hope of our next generation.”

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