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Over 500 to rally at State House for human services funding on April 9

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Email: byelenak@providers.org
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

BOSTON – More than 500 human services clients, consumers, workers, family members, executives, board members and volunteers – all members of The Caring Force – plan to attend a rally in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston on Tuesday, April 9 to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human services programs and workers.

The Caring Force, a grassroots initiative of the Providers’ Council, is in its second full year of operation, and the movement already has more than 11,000 members across Massachusetts. The campaign was an incredible success in 2012, securing a modest salary increase for direct care workers – their first in five years. 

On Tuesday, April 9, supporters will gather to advocate for fair funding of essential services that help Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents and a modest salary increase for low-paid direct care workers. Specifically, Caring Force members will seek $140 million for Chapter 257 implementation and a $16.6 million Salary Reserve for low-paid workers. If additional revenue is needed for these investments, The Caring Force will be supportive of proposals that are fair, equitable and progressive and hold harmless low-paid workers and human services consumers.

The Caring Force will also honor Representative Kay Khan for her historic support of human services. Senate President Therese Murray, Senator Karen Spilka, and Representatives David Linsky and Ruth Balser are all expected to attend and address supporters. Other speakers include direct care workers, family members, self advocates, and board members.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the main speaking program to start at 10:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., supporters will visit their legislators and ask them to support fair funding of essential services, a modest salary increase for low-paid workers and a progressive and equitable tax solution for the Commonwealth.

For more information, contact Bill Yelenak (617.428.3637 or bill@providers.org).

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.