Cesar Chavez Day of Service 2014 at Regis

December 11, 2014

In Colorado, California and Texas, March 29 is a national holiday dedicated to the life and legacy of César Chávez, and a day of service, an opportunity to engage in service to others. You are invited to join the Regis community for our César Chávez Day of Service, where volunteers will join to lend a hand to those affected by Colorado’s devastating floods last fall. Community leaders will join in as well, included Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Serve Colorado and Metro Volunteers.

This takes place Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed for service projects in flood-affected towns across Colorado. Transportation to the service site from the Regis University Fieldhouse is available at 7:45 a.m. To use this complimentary transportation, email Fredericka Brown (email fbrown@regis.edu).

“Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And his cause lives on. As farm workers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago. And we should honor him for what he’s taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation. That’s why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a national holiday. It’s time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union.” – Senator, Barack Obama, 2008.

Over the course of 31 years, Chávez he led as President, the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), AFL-CIO, founded and led the first successful farm workers union in U.S. history. Through his leadership, tenacity and courage, social justice was brought to many, from a coalition of unions to students, minorities, consumers and religious groups. He received the highest civilian awards from the United States and Mexico, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Aguila Azteca.

Regis University’s César Chávez day of service will take place rain, snow or shine. Volunteers prepare for a day in the outdoors at elevation. Dress in clothes that can get dirty and wet. Boots, work gloves, and safety glasses are strongly recommended. Bring a refillable water bottle with you.

Because work will be done around heavy equipment, volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To learn more about the event and register, visit Metrovolunteers.org.