Mark your calendar, next week—March 25 to 31—is the 12th Annual L.A. County Cesar E. Chavez Community Service Week and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has announced cultural and educational activities as well as opportunities to give back to the community.
“Following Chavez’s example of service to others, we established the County’s Annual Cesar Chavez Community Service Week in 2002 to celebrate the legacy of this American Hero for his lifelong commitment to democracy, justice and service to others,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina, who founded the program.
“I can think of no better way for us to honor Cesar Chavez’s memory than to roll up our sleeves and go to work on behalf of our community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. “He understood, better than many, that real leadership is committed and consistent service.”
In honor of the legacy of Civil Rights leader and United Farm Worker’s co-founder Cesar Chavez, county employees are conducting a food drive in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and are asking residents to volunteer and donate non-perishable foods to a local food bank.
Local libraries and parks are also looking for volunteers.
Residents can also take part in arts and crafts and service opportunities taking place on March 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Obregon Park, located at 4021 E. First Street in East Los Angeles, and at City Terrance Park, located at 1126 N. Hazard Ave., on March 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. South El Monte Library, located at 1430 North Central Avenue, will have children’s programs on Saturday, March 30 starting at 10:30am.
For more information regarding Cesar Chavez community events, contact your local library or visit www.colapublib.org/calendar/events
Food Collection Details
County residents can participate in the food drive by dropping off food items from March 25 through 29 at the L.A. Regional Food Bank:1734 E. 41st St, Los Angeles. Drop off times are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only, however, residents can make a monetary donation online any time at the Food Bank’s ‘virtual food drive’ from March 18 through April 1. For information on the food drive, call (323) 234-3030 x 194. To donate online, visit www.lafoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive.