March 31, 2021: SIGN UP HERE.
Chico State students will honor the legacy of César Chávez with the annual day of service event ‘Cats in the Community on Wednesday, March 31st. Students are encouraged to sign up for this great opportunity to give back to the Chico community during this national day of service.
During ’Cats in the Community, students, faculty, staff, and community members can sign up for various locations locally OR from home to volunteer and provide support.
This year there are three in-person opportunities for students to volunteer:
- Boys and Girls Club – Site Cleanup
- Bidwell Park – Site Cleanup
- Chico Bike Path – Site Cleanup (three shifts available)
- BONUS: Donate to the Wildcat Food Pantry
Each in-person site accommodates 15 volunteers, who must wear a mask at all times. Please check our GivePulse page for more details.
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to give back from the comforts of their homes through the Cards for Courage program in which students can create appreciation cards for the amazing front-line workers in Chico.
Throughout the week of March 29th, the Associated Students is also partnering with the Wildcat Food Pantry to collect much-needed donations for the Chico State Basic Needs Project. The pantry will be closed on César Chávez day.
*Some site locations may begin and/or end earlier or later depending on the circumstances.
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Monday, March 29th – Wednesday, March 31st | FREE 48-hour access
Food Chains exposes the abuse of farmworkers within the United States and the complicity of the multibillion dollar supermarket and fast food industries.
The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.
Tuesday, March 30th | 2-3 p.m. | Zoom
From field to factory, from transport to storefront, our agriculture workforce is the backbone of our California economy and the lifeblood of the United States. What we many may not realize: ~75% of the people holding our food and fiber together is an immigrant workforce.
The purpose of this workshop is to aid in educating our Chico State Community on the real, lived experiences of a large population of our agriculture workforce through the panelist’s perspective and experience. Our hope is to have conversations around labor stereotypes in agriculture, the importance of being knowledgeable of where food comes from and understanding of state and federal labor rights across the agriculture food chain. The goal is for students to walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the agriculture workforce across the United States and in their local communities.
The panelists will feature:
• Neil Tung (Chico State Alumni)
• Dr. Antonio Arreguin-Bermudez (Professor at the Department of Internation Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Chico State)
• Dr. Vincent Ornelas (Professor at the School of Social Work, Chico State)
Take a peek at the event video from 2015:
For more information about these activities and the legacy of César Chávez, visit https://www.csuchico.edu/cesarchavez/.