Days of Service
Here in Colorado, giving back to our communities is simply a part of our culture. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our neighbor and leaving the state even better for generations to come. A few times a year, Colorado unites in service to honor the legacy of important people who inspire us to be greater. Our Days of Service, which include the MLK Day of Service, Cesar Chavez Day of Service, and 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, make Colorado what it is - a community of people dedicated to improving the lives of others.
Each year on September 11th, Americans come together to honor and remember the attacks on our nation through community service - be it through big acts or small ones. The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance brings volunteers together for service projects that honor the spirit of giving, community service, and volunteerism at the heart of America's strength. Learn how you can participate below!
Serve Colorado is honoring this day of service three ways:
- Recognizing people who have committed themselves to service through the Governor's Service Awards at the Capitol.
- Promoting community service opportunities for recovery and resiliency efforts.
- Facilitating a statewide random acts of kindness campaign known as the 'You Just Got Served' campaign. Serve Colorado will distribute around 1,000 cards and instructions to AmeriCorps members serving statewide to create a viral chain of kindness.
MLK Day of Service
Held annually on the anniversary of the Reverend Dr. King's birthday, volunteers from across the state and nation come together to serve and find solutions to the most pressing problems facing their communities. MLK Day gives everyone the opportunity to start the year by giving back to others and making an impact. Learn more about this day of service and how you can get involved at www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.
Cesar Chavez Day of Service
Honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, volunteers celebrate his birthday with a Day of Service. Organizations and individuals create and participate in activities that improve communities by ensuring access to learning and education for all. In 2016, Serve Colorado partnered with Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) to hold a statewide book drive throughout the month of April.
This video from TakePart does a great job of explaining the legacy of Cesar Chavez that Colorado has honored with this day of service: