The Caring Force Blog TCF Rally – Thank you!

Our Long Awaited Return to the State House!

Our Eleventh Annual Caring Force Rally in support of our Pro-Workforce Legislative Agenda was a BIG success! With nearly 500 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 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.

If you were not able to attend, you can still ask your legislator for support! Please use this convenient tool to contact your legislator and ask them to sign up to co-sponsor and ask leadership to pass (H.214/S.77) An Act relative to a loan repayment program for human services workers and (H.191/S.84) An Act relative to a livable wage for human services workers.

Gold shirts poured into the Great Hall from all around the Commonwealth ensuring everyone from the Cape to the Berkshires was represented. Together we rallied for what we care about – a livable wage and a student loan repayment program for the human services sector.

At this year’s rally, we heard from five powerful speakers who represent the many faces of the sector: Thank you to Elaina Schreckenberger (ABCD), Tonya Morris (My Life, My Choice), Olivia Moultrie and Alaisha Gilies (ServiceNet), and Karen Pierre-Louis (Justice Resource Institute) for sharing their powerful stories with us. We also honored two dedicated legislative champions with the Caring Bear Award – Senator Comerford and Representative Lewis. 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.

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

Thank you to every member of The Caring Force who helped make the Eleventh Annual Caring Force Rally an event to remember! And as always, please share your story and photos with us (@thecaringforce) on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

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