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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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HOPEWELL--Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Office of Attorney General co-hosted their 8th Community Day today in Hopewell. The annual event brings together residents, businesses, community organizations, and public safety partners to celebrate their community, beautify their neighborhood through service, and to honor community activism. In addition to information about important public safety resources, today's event included landscaping work throughout Mathis Field, games and stories for neighborhood children, and free health screenings from healthcare professionals at John Randolph Medical Center.


"It's always a joy to meet Virginians in their communities, especially during such a positive community-building event," Attorney General Herring said. "As Attorney General, I want to do what I can to promote safe, successful communities across the Commonwealth. That means combating the public safety threats we see today and preparing for tomorrow's challenges. We'll only be successful if everyone buys into the effort in the way we saw here today in Hopewell. I thank sponsors, organizers, volunteers, elected officials, school leaders, and all the community activists who gave of their time today, and every day."


Today, more than a dozen vendors and public safety partners, including the Office of Attorney General, connected with community members and provided information on local resources to fight crime, promote healthy choices, and steer children away from danger. After a morning spent planting garden beds, the day concluded with a community celebration for all volunteers and participants.


Several area agencies and organizations made the day possible, including the City of Hopewell and its Police Department, Department of Parks & Recreation, and Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Additional support was provided by the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Mike's Lawn & Landscape, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. foundation.


"We are very proud to be working in partnership the Virginia Attorney General in hosting the first Police-sponsored  community day," said Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane. "It is essential for us to continue building relationships and to work alongside the community towards our goal of a safer and secure Hopewell.  Community Day will help us strengthen this partnership."

"It was a privilege for HRHA to participate with the Attorney General's office and other agencies in the City of Hopewell to bring about an event whose focus was uniting communities," commented Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director Steve Benham. "Our agency is committed not only to providing affordable housing, but also to investing in community efforts such as this that bring about positive change for the citizens of Hopewell."


In recent years, the Office of the Attorney General has traveled across the Commonwealth to cities like Harrisonburg, Staunton, Newport News, Petersburg, and Danville to host Community Days in those cities in an effort to improve Virginia "One Community at a Time."