Monday, March 30, 2009

County Cesar Chavez Week Mar 30 to Apr 3



 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             CONTACT:  Judy Hammond, County PIO

                                                                                     (213) 974-1363

                             Angie Castro, Molina’s Office

                                                ,                                             (213) 974-4111, (213) 703-2823




County Employees Follow Chavez’ Example of Service to Community


      “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." –
Cesar Chavez


            LOS ANGELES COUNTY (March 30, 2009) -- “Helping and Serving Others” is this year’s theme for the County of Los Angeles’ Eighth Annual Cesar Chavez Community Service Week where instead of taking a paid Holiday, County employees will volunteer in the community.  In addition, employees are holding a food collection; youths at probation facilities are participating in an arts literacy program; and cultural events are offered free to the public.


WHAT:           Cesar Chavez Community Service Week


County employees assist with community gardens, tree planting

Beautification projects, a beach clean-up, tutoring; and help at animal

shelters and community projects with United Way of Greater Los Angeles,

Brotherhood Crusade and Volunteers of East L.A.


WHEN / WHERE:     


March 30 to April 3:   


·         County employees volunteer at various locations throughout the County

·         Free cultural events for the entire family at selected parks and libraries


March 31, 9:30am:    


·         Cesar Chavez’ Birthday -- Presentation at Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Hall of Admin, 500 W. Temple, L.A. 90012


April 1, 12pm


·         Molina and staff will cook meal and serve 200 families

Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter, 5600 Rickenbacker Road, City of Bell


The Salvation Army reports an increase in requests for housing and food from families suffering from the economic downturn. 


“During these challenging economic times, our families and communities are leaning on the County family now more than ever.  And, we are pleased to continue our annual tradition of volunteering instead of taking a paid Holiday.” said Molina.  “I also encourage Los Angeles County residents to join us by finding ways in which to help others in need or to volunteer in their communities.”    -end-

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