National Day of Seva Building Groundswell of Momentum
July 2, 2018 (New York, NY) – Next month, our nation will commemorate the six-year anniversary of the gurdwara shooting tragedy that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. To honor the chardi kala spirit and resilience of the Sikh community, the sixth National Day of Seva (selfless community service) event will take place on August 4-5, 2018. As we approach the Oak Creek anniversary, we recognize that combating and preventing hate remains our top priority. The event serves as an opportunity to stand together with the Oak Creek sangat and honor the lives impacted through seva.
Eighteen communities from coast to coast have already reached out about hosting National Day of Seva projects, which range from volunteering in a food bank in Orange County, CA to serving meals in a women’s shelter in Boston, MA. Projects from previous years have included serving food to homeless communities and partnering with Habitat for Humanity. Other examples for seva projects include cleaning up parks, interfaith engagement, volunteering with organizations providing relief to Hurricane Harvey victims, serving immigrant families and civic engagement opportunities.
“For the past five years, this event has proven the dedication of the sangat nationwide in honoring Oak Creek through selfless community service,” said Community Development Director Rucha Kaur. “This year, we’re expecting an even larger turnout across the country to come together and stand up against the hate affecting our communities.”
Click here for a toolkit and resources to help you get started. If you have questions about organizing a seva event in your city, please email our team at email@example.com. We strongly encourage you to organize a project early so that your event is a success.
Every year, in the Sikh spirit of eternal optimism, the Oak Creek sangat has organized a Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Walk and Run. Moving forward, the sangat has made the decision to host the Chardhi Kala 6K every five years so the Oak Creek event will not happen this year. The next event is scheduled to take place in 2022.
As we continue our tireless work to combat and prevent hate, we hope you will join us this August to #RememberOakCreek.