Once quoted saying, "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart," Cesar Chavez understood the power of standing with your fellow man.
A champion of workers' rights and immigration, Chavez spent his life dedicated to being a voice for those who could not speak for themselves. He encouraged fellow Mexican Americans to register to vote and led nonviolent strikes--including the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history--in order to advocate for higher wages and better job security for migrant workers.
As a result of his commitment to the Mexican and Latino American communities, Chavez received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged in 1973. This award, honoring those who work to make meaningful impact for those who need it most, has since been won by other notable men and women, such as Barbara Bush, Arthur Ashe, Dolores Huerta (co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association alongside Chavez) and many more.
To honor Chavez's legacy of equality, activism and nonviolence, set aside time to volunteer in your community on Cesar Chavez Day (March 31)! Whether you work to celebrate differences, host dinners with seniors in your neighborhood or collect toiletries for a local shelter, there is no limit to the good you can do!
Here's a few project ideas to get you started:
- Organize a rally in your community to advocate for others!
- Spread peace and tolerance by embracing diversity!
- Share a healthy meal and good conversation with seniors in your area!
- Use a documentary to educate people on an issue important to your community!
- Learn more about Cesar Chavez, philanthropy and advocacy with these lesson plans from our partner, Learning to Give!