QUINCY, Ill. — Making sure kids have back-to-school supplies.
Preparing job applicants for careers.
Creating respectful dialogue among prospective political leaders.
Those are just some examples of a Tri-state pastor's dedication to building stronger communities.
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First Baptist Church Pastor Orville Jones and his wife, Lena, are organizing the church's first Juneteenth celebration later this month.
"It's for all ethnicities to come together and celebrate our freedoms."
His dedication to community service has been evident through back-to-school fairs, a job fair, COVID-19 vaccine clinic and candidate forum for Quincy's next mayor.
Now he is in the process of helping to organize a Juneteenth Festival on June 18th near Jackson-Lincoln Pool in Quincy.
That festival also includes a black-tie gala on June 24 at Town and Country Inn & Suites and a “Voices of Juneteenth” concert on June 26 at First Baptist Church.
Pastor Jones hopes next month's Juneteenth events also will serve another purpose- to gather together as a community.
The public is invited to all of the Juneteenth events.
Those are just some of the reasons that make Pastor Orville Jones this month's KHQA Hometown Hero.