Colorado Congressman Starts Service Saturdays Supporting Community

By | August 31, 2019


THE SUBARU LEFT THE ROAD. THE DRIVER IS SHAKEN UP BUT OKAY. WEST METRO FIRE CREWS ARE WORKING TO CONTAIN THE LEAKING GAS. A COLORADO CONGRESSMAN GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE TITLE, PUBLIC SERVANT. JASON CROW COMING TOGETHER WITH OTHER VOLUNTEERS TO LAUNCH A NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVE. POLITICAL SPECIALIST, SHAUN BOYD HERE TO EXPLAIN. HE CALLS THIS, SERVICE SATURDAYS. Reporter: IT IS FITTING. EVERY SATURDAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. HE TOLD ME PUBLIC SERVICE IS PART OF HIS DNA. AND ON SERVICE SATURDAYS, YOU FIND HIM SERVING MEALS, DISTRIBUTING BLANKETS, PACKAGING HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND REMODELING HOMES FOR THOSE IN NEED. WHEN CONGRESSMAN JASON CROW VOWED TO SERVE HIS CONSTITUENTS, THIS IS PROBABLY NOT WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND. AS HE LAID TILE AT THIS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY REMODEL IN AURORA, HE LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR A FIRST OF ITS KIND INITIATIVE HE CALLS, SERVICE SATURDAYS. WE ARE A COMMUNITY THAT TAKES CARE OF OUR OWN. WE COME AROUND AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. Reporter: ONCE A MONTH HE COMES TOGETHER WITH THE COMMUNITY TO TACKLE CHALLENGES LIKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. FIREFIGHTERS AND NURSES, PEOPLE SERVING US CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY ANYMORE AND THAT’S NOT OKAY. Reporter: IT IS A STRUGGLE THIS FORMER ARMY RANGER THAT WORKED CONSTRUCTION TO PUT HIMSELF THROUGH COLLEGE HAS LIVED. IT HAS BEEN A LONG PATH FOR ME TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS, I MINIMUM WAGE JOBS IN HIGH SCHOOL, McDONALD’S AND ARBY’S, THAT BACKGROUND IN THE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD INFORMED MY WORK IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW. Reporter: IS PUSHING FOR TAX CREDIT THAT FINANCES 90 PERCENT OF COLORADO LOW INCOME HOUSING AND VOTED TO INCREASE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE. HE SAID WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH THE PEOPLE HE REPRESENTS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IS ALSO PART OF HIS CHARGE TO SERVE. THE VERY DIVISIVE TIME WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW, I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT PEOPLE LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THEY PUT TWITTER AND FACEBOOK DOWN AND START DOING THE WORK. AND THEY SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP EACH OTHER AND PROMOTE GOODNESS IN THE COMMUNITY. Reporter: HE SAID HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS AMONG THOSE DOING A LOT OF GOOD. THE METRO DENVER CHAPTER HAS MORE THAN 100 FAMILIES A YEAR HELPED. HE VOLUNTEERED AT THE AURORA BRIDGE HOUSE WHICH HELPS PEOPLE FIND JOBS, THE HOMELESS SHELTER AND A MOSQUE. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, HE GETS A LOT MORE OUT OF THIS THAN HE PUTS IN. VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER IS A

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