MARCH 31, 2020

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ

DAY OF ACTION

There are well over 100,000 Californians experiencing homelessness. If we are going to be successful in tackling this issue, we need to harness the power of our greatest asset, the 40 million people who call California home.

On César Chávez Day Californians from all walks of life – business owners, residents, community leaders, and nonprofits – will step-up and help Californians experiencing homelessness and raise awareness of what anyone can do to fight homelessness.

 

ABOUT THE DAY OF ACTION

Governor Newsom has invited Californians to take part in a statewide day of action to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez, while helping Californians experiencing homelessness and raise awareness of what anyone can do to fight homelessness.

The state’s 4,000 + AmeriCorps members will be activated to engage the issue of homelessness in communities near them by volunteering in service providing organizations. Food banks, social service providers, and other nonprofits that provide services to the most vulnerable Californians will are making opportunities to volunteer available for residents across the state.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S

CALL TO ACTION

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

A Day to Help the Most Vulnerable Californians

Earlier this year, Governor Newsom called on every Californian to be part of the solution to tackling homelessness in their communities by launching a statewide day of action on César Chávez Day (March 31). California Volunteers is collaborating with nonprofit organizations throughout the state to provide service opportunities, raise awareness of what anyone can do to fight homelessness, and to support people without housing or shelter.

The César Chávez Day of Action is intended to inspire thousands of Californians to come together to serve the most vulnerable in their community and encourage individuals to tackle homelessness in their communities. Californians from all walks of life – business owners, residents, community leaders, and nonprofits – in all our 58 counties will volunteer at local community organizations by serving meals, packaging produce, sorting clothes, beautifying sites, and collecting food and clothing.

This will be an opportunity for Californians to familiarize themselves with the homelessness challenge that California faces and to build a relationship with a local nonprofit that they can volunteer with in the future beyond the day of action. Find an organization near you and get involved today. 

The Call to Action for ALL Californians

The state’s 4,000 + AmeriCorps members will be activated to engage the issue of homelessness in communities near them by volunteering in service providing organizations.Food banks, social service providers, and other nonprofits that provide services to the most vulnerable Californians will be making opportunities to volunteer available for residents and organizations across the state. We want to inform all Californians on where and how they can start with supporting the fight to end homelessness. 

Why Serve on César Chávez Day?

César Chávez recognized the power of service and helping communities in need. He said, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” Your service honors Chávez’s life and teachings and helps address community challenges. Service brings people together of all ages and backgrounds.

It’s going to take ALL of us

Every Californian needs to be part of the solution to tackling homelessness in their communities. We want Californians to familiarize themselves with the homelessness challenge that California faces and what they can do about it.

Here are some actions you can take to support organizations near you that are fighting homelessness. Identify an organization near you.

After finding an organization near you, download our Take Action to End Homelessness Fact Sheet.

A true American hero, César Chávez was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a genuinely religious and spiritual figure; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights.

A first-generation American, he was born on March 31, 1927 near his family’s small homestead outside Yuma, Arizona. At age 11, his family lost their farm during the Great Depression and became migrant farm workers. César finished his formal education after the eighth grade and worked the fields full-time to help support his family. Throughout his youth and into adulthood, César traveled the migrant streams throughout California laboring in the fields, orchards and vineyards where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farm worker life.

César joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II and served in the Western Pacific. He returned from the service in 1948 to marry Helen Fabela, whom he met while working in fields. Learn more…

The Call to Action for ALL Californians

Governor Newsom’s call to action wasn’t only for private residents it was to business owners, nonprofit leaders, and Californians of all walks of life alike. Whether you’re participating or facilitating a service project – there’s a way for everyone to get involved! We are specifically asking that organizations serving the homeless register volunteer opportunities here.

Organizations Wishing to Host a Service Project

We want you to be an official partner of Governor Newsom’s office for this historic event by submitting one volunteer opportunity (or more!) for the day of action. The day of action is focused on addressing homelessness, and your organization is one of the best.

To register an opportunity:

  • Go to www.dayofaction.goldenvolunteer.com/register/organization to create an account
  • Create an opportunity for March 31st so that Californians can sign-up and volunteer!

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit an opportunity by: March 20, 2020
  • Volunteer Day: March 31
  • Time frame: up to you!
  • Opportunity content: something that is part of your regular program. No need to invent something new!
  • Volunteer capacity: the bigger the better, but smaller events are great too!
  • Number of submissions: totally up to you!

We highly encourage you to submit Volunteer Opportunities that are part of your normal course of business. We will be publicizing this day of service widely in the media and online, and we are thrilled to have your participation.

Businesses Getting Involved

The call to action encourages business to take employees out to volunteer. These are excellent opportunities to build on working relationships and create a culture of service among staff.

You can identify a nonprofit in your community by visiting www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/homelessness. You can get in touch and create a service project that best suits your time and needs.  

Media Resources

California Volunteers will be developing a media kit that you can utilize to communicate about the day of action. This includes but is not limited to social media graphics, talking points, facts and figures, and more…learn more

Contact

Reach out to us if you have any questions about the César Chávez Day of Action – whether volunteering or wanting to facilitate a service project. Do so by contacting info@cv.ca.gov.

For technical questions regarding posting Opportunities via our technology partner, Golden, please contact Audrey Harrison – audrey@goldenvolunteer.com.

How can I participate? 

We understand that it can be difficult for some to get involved on this day, so we developed a one-pager that’ll allow you to help the most disadvantaged Californians near you. 

  1. Identify an organization that you can help by visiting this page
  2. Download our How to Help with Homeless factsheet. 

How do I facilitate a service project for the day of action?

Visit www.serve.ca.gov or www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/dayofaction to list an opportunity by March 20, 2020. The opportunity will be promoted across all forms of media to garner volunteer participation.

What is a service project? 

Service projects are opportunities that local community organizations faciliate for Californians to volunteer at. Opportunities can include serving meals, packaging produce, sorting clothes, beautifying sites, and collecting food and clothing. If you wish to list a service project visit the link above! 

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 Governor Newsom joins pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday in San Diego alongside hundreds of volunteers to help count the city’s homeless population. Governor Newsom announced the day of action after the point in time count.

THE IMPACT THAT YOU CAN MAKE

“Every time Jumpstart walks into the classroom, I see a look of not relief, but calm, come over their face: they are so happy that Jumpstart is there. As one teacher shared with me, there are many reasons for this: first, their job is extremely demanding, especially with the class I served in this year, which is exceptionally high-energy. It is a relief to have additional people in the class who they know are trained and reliable with their students.”
Casey

Team Leader, Jumpstart California