In 1962, César Chávez founded the first successful farm workers’ union in American history. His motto in life-"si se puede"(it can be done)-embodies the uncommon and invaluable legacy he left for the world's benefit.

To commemorate César Chávez’s life and legacy, each March, Serve Colorado- the Governor’s Commission on Community Service hosts a statewide effort promoting the César Chávez Month of Service and Learning. The month focuses on “service learning” - teaching others about César Chávez’s life and legacy and the values of community service and civic engagement.

How Can You Get Involved?

1. Organize and Host a Service Project.
Service projects should address one of the core values of César’s life; Acceptance of all People, Celebrating Community, Respect for Life and the Environment, Non-Violence, Innovation, A Preference to Help the Most Needy, Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service to Others and Determination.

Some examples of service projects include creating a mural or other visual representation of what an ideal community would look like, collecting food and clothing for a local food bank, creating a Community Garden, leading a workshop on peace and inclusion, or volunteering at a local disaster-relief organization.

For additional information on how to organize a service project contact Heather Kreider at 303.866.6426 or at heather.kreider@state.co.us. Serve Colorado has partnered with Metro Volunteers to streamline the project registration process. Register your event or service project here: http://www.metrovolunteers.org/events-and-news/cesar-chavez-month-of-service-and-learning-march-2012/. If you are not already a member of Metro Volunteers you will need to sign-up for a free basic membership so you can post your event. Please make sure to select “Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, March” when you create your project.  All registered projects will be featured in the Cesar Chavez Month of Service and Learning Report, a report that is sent out to local officials, legislatures, AmeriCorps programs, and community partners.

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2. Locate an event to attend or a service project to volunteer for.
Volunteers are encouraged to go online to locate volunteer service projects and community events, and organizations are encouraged to register their events. Serve Colorado has partnered with Metro Volunteers to streamline the registration process. Register your event or service project here: http://www.metrovolunteers.org/events-and-news/cesar-chavez-month-of-service-and-learning-march-2012/. If you are not already a member of Metro Volunteers you will need to sign-up for a Free basic membership so you can post your event. Please make sure to select “Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, March” when you create your project.
Volunteers can locate events and service projects here: http://www.metrovolunteers.org/volunteer/

All registered projects will be featured in the César Chávez Day of Service and Learning, a report that is sent to local officials, legislators, AmeriCorps programs, and community partners.

3. Organize and Host a Service-learning event.
The Cesar Chavez month of celebration encourages people to take action in their communities by utilizing service-learning experiences to connect civic engagement to meaningful learning. Service-Learning opportunities might include hosting a speaker who discusses the life and legacy of César Chávez, hosing a community forum where community members create a vision of their community or hosting a music and art celebration of César Chávez’s life. By following the powerful example César himself set through his work, people will not only have the opportunity to gain historical perspective on who César Chávez was, but to experience what it means to follow in his footsteps by taking action on local issues in their community. The active involvement of people from all walks of life in the César Chávez Month of Celebration reflects the significance of César’s legacy and his special place in American history. As César once said,

“The end of all education should surely be service to others.”
~César Chávez


For additional information on how to organize a service proect contact Heather Kreider at 303.866.6426 or at heather.kreider@state.co.us

How can you become an organization partner?
We are pleased to partner with the nonprofit and business community to help promote the César Chávez Day of Service and Learning and increase the number of projects and volunteers.

Organizations see our days of service as an important way to give back to the community, connect with customers, increase employee morale, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility. For non-profits, participating in our days of service is an opportunity to bring in new volunteers, partners, and funders. If you are interested in helping promote the Cesar Chavez Month of Service and Learning through in-kind services or sponsorship contact Heather Kreider at Heather.Kreider@state.co.us or 303.866.6426.

The César Chávez Day of Service and Learning is a day for Coloradoans to be active members of the community by volunteering on community service projects and learning activities, commemorating César Chávez’s legacy of social and economic justice, and dignity for all workers.

Please join us in community service to the state of Colorado and our local communities within!

 


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