“The end of all education should surely be service to others.” — César Chávez

‘Cats in the Community

Each year, California State University, Chico students, faculty, staff, and community members honor the legacy of César Chávez with the‘Cats in the Community day of service.

Chico State and other state agencies close March 31 each year in observance of César Chávez’s birthday, and hundreds of students take the opportunity to volunteer in his memory, contributing meaningfully and strengthening the bond between the campus and the local community.

Chávez was a renowned civil rights leader who fought for better pay and safer working conditions for farm workers. The University and student organizations host numerous events and activities each March to teach his legacy and inspire the next generation to be socially active. Learn more about Chávez’s life and achievements by visiting the César Chávez Foundation’s website.

Flocking to local nonprofits to give back, Chico State volunteers clean up parks, wash windows, install landscaping, and make repairs. This year’s volunteer sites include the Boys & Girls Club, the Torres Shelter, Bidwell Park, the Chico Fire Department, and more.

Chico State prides itself on a commitment to service with about 2,000 students donating 60,000 volunteer hours annually through Community Action Volunteers in Education, extensive civic engagement curriculum, and placement on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. For more information about ‘Cats in the Community or to sign up to volunteer, visit the website.