Cesar Chavez Day of Service
For similar reasons as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the AmeriCorps members of the Colorado Community Opioid Response Program got together again! The full team was in Denver for the César Chávez Day of service. César Chávez Day is a federal holiday proclaimed by President Barack Obama in 2014. The holiday celebrates the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist César Chávez. AmeriCorps honors the memory of Mr. Chávez by requesting members get out in the community and serve in a different way. The State National and VISTA members were in Denver on April 4th and 5th to participate in this day of service.
Along with service to community, this time was also a great way for members from across the state to interact and build lasting relationships. On April 4th, the members spent some of the day talking about the book they have all been reading, “Everything is Horrible and Wonderful” by Stephanie Wittels Wachs. This awesome book makes personal connections with people affected by substance use disorder, and is a reminder that substance misuse can impact everyone regardless of socioeconomic status. At lunch that day, members had the chance to meet Executive Directors from AHECs around the state, Colorado AHEC Program Office staff, and other community leaders working toward the reversal of the opioid epidemic.
On April 5th, the AmeriCorps members got to know their team and serve their community with Volunteers of America. The group served over 50 vulnerable community members. The members organized clothing donations, made plates, handed out food, and cleaned up the space. Pam Willis, the Mission Program Coordinator, spent time familiarizing the team with her organization, and they plan to volunteer with the soup kitchen again in July to paint the kitchen!
We encourage you to celebrate and honor the legacy of César Chávez through small acts of service. Extraordinary change occurs when we make conscious effort to care.
“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”
― Jana Stanfield