The Caring Force Blog Thank you! Caring Force Members Fill the State House

| Caroline O'Neill

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 12th Annual Caring Force Rally last week!

Nearly 500 human services workers, program participants, and supporters rallied at the State House. The Great Hall was truly a “sea of gold” Caring Force shirts!

A special thank you to our speakers:

  • Kinglsey Brown, Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL, Inc.)
  • Heather O’Connor, Advocates, Inc.
  • Scott and Nancy McCullough, parents of a BAMSI program participant

We also honored two dedicated legislative champions with the Caring Bear Award – Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Mindy Domb. A special thank you as well to Senate President Karen Spilka, a former Caring Bear Award winner, for joining us to discuss the work of the Senate to secure more funding for human services workers.

Whether you attended in person, urged your legislator to support our legislative agenda or simply shared our #CaringForceRally hashtag on social media, thank you for helping to strengthen the human services sector! You can now watch the full recording of the rally on YouTube by clicking here.

What’s Next? 

The Senate Ways and Means Committee included the reporting language from our livable wage bill in its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025. This language calls for a report comparing wages between community-based human services workers and state workers in similar job roles. You will hear from us next week on an advocacy campaign to contact your legislators to support this line item.

Let’s show the “force” in Caring Force!

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