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Nearly 800 Caring Force Members fill State House!

On Tuesday, April 7, members The Caring Force rallied at the State House to urge the Legislature to support human services.

Nearly 800 Caring Force members flooded the State House in their gold shirts to cheer on speakers who shared their stories of direct service, overcoming obstacles to help others and the importance of human services in their lives.

Lawmakers took notice. Representative Liz Malia and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg received the Caring Bear award, honoring them for the work and commitment they have shown in advancing our sector. Senator Karen Spilka, a past "Caring Bear" award recipient, also spoke -- with her bear in hand -- and discussed the importance of human services. She shared a personal story about her family and how the sector in Massachusetts has exceeded her expectation and will continue to as long as the Legislature supports it.

An overwhelming theme of the event was that stories are our best tool for advocacy. As we heard speakers share details about crippling loans or lost educational opportunities due to the high cost of tuition, we know that these stories do not just represent the speakers but the whole sector. The Council hopes that you will continue sharing your stories beyond the rally and continue to advocate for our sector throughout the year.

Thank you for your support and dedication to The Caring Force! Questions about this year's event? Please contact Sam Geller.