The Caring Force Blog One more in the books!

| Christine Batista

We did it again!

Our Seventh Annual Caring Force Rally and Lobby Day in support of our Pro-Workforce Legislative Agenda was a BIG success! With hundreds of Caring Force members filling the Great Hall and advocating with their legislators after the event, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Whether you attended in person, urged your legislator to support loan repayment and fair pay or simply shared our #CaringForceRally hashtag on social media, thank you for helping to strengthen the human services sector!

Gold shirts poured into the Great Hall from all around the Commonwealth ensuring everyone from the Cape to the Berkshires was represented. Together we created one unified voice and asked our legislators to support legislation that will strengthen our workforce.

At this year’s rally, we heard from two powerful speakers who represent the many faces of the sector: Thank you to Taylor Powers of Bay Cove Human Services and Jasmine Davis of Roxbury Youthworks for sharing their powerful stories with us. We also we honored two longtime legislative champions with the Caring Bear Award – Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier. We also heard from former Caring Bear recipient Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Attleboro who introduced eighth-grader Brian Solis, who spoke about how the Council’s student loan repayment bill would help human services employees and their clients.

We definitely made our presence known in the State House! Walking through the building after the event, we saw so many members visiting almost every legislative office with gold t-shirts filling doorways. That advocacy shows your dedication and passion for our workforce and the sector.

From the bottom of our gold hearts, thank you to every member of The Caring Force who helped make the Seventh Annual Caring Force Rally an event to remember! And as always, please share your story and photos with us (@thecaringforce) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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