Cesar Chavez Day of Service
Nearly thirty UPE Board Members, Staff, Stewards, members, and their families honored the memory of Cesar Chavez on March 31, 2017 with a day of service. This was the second Cesar Chavez Day of Service held after UPE played a central role in moving the County Board of Supervisors to recognize Cesar Chavez’s birthday as a holiday and day of service.
This year UPE joined Supervisor Patrick Kennedy at the Maple Neighborhood Center in South Sacramento to help staff and other volunteers clean up and improve the facilities. The Center is associated with the La Familia Counseling Center and provides a variety of services to the community including programs for adults, parents, and children.
Staff helped to clean the facilities, organize storage rooms, weed outside the pre-school, landscape, plant trees, and fix fences. 005 Governing Board Member Ernestine Stoddard talked about the importance of volunteering, “I feel by volunteering I am giving back to the community where it all started. Giving back does my heart good and when I see the other members working hard with me I feel we can make a difference with just a little of our time.”
Bonnie Loriga of the Court Office Technical Governing Board felt the spirit of Cesar Chavez among the volunteers. “Seeing everyone gathered today reminded me of my favorite Cesar quote” she said, “When you have people together who believe in something very strongly – whether its religion or politics or unions – things happen”.
Becky Chavez, Cesar’s niece, began the event by speaking about Mr. Chavez’s legacy and thanking the volunteers for celebrating his birthday with service. Supervisor Kennedy highlighted that while the day is officially a holiday, the Board of Supervisors intended it as a day of service. He thanked the volunteers for joining him as well as La Familia Staff for their work in the community. 005 Board Member Ed Lew spoke for the group when he said, “It was an honor to serve alongside so many different people and groups to give back to our community on this holiday.”
If you missed out on the 2017 Cesar Chavez Day of Service, keep checking www.upe1.org for more volunteer opportunities.
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