It has been five years since the tragic shooting at the gurdwara in Oak Creek, WI. The Sikh Coalition initiated Day of Seva to stand in unity with the victims and families of those impacted by the shooting in Oak Creek.

Every year, in the spirit of Chardi Kala, the Oak Creek sangat organizes a Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Walk and Run. If you live near Oak Creek (particularly in Wisconsin or Illinois), we strongly encourage you to try and make it to Oak Creek in person. For those sangat members who cannot make it to Oak Creek, the Sikh Coalition calls upon the nationwide community to engage in a Day of Seva (selfless community service) in their local communities.

In response to the rise of hate crimes across the nation, it remains critical for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike, to stand together and lead out on positive community initiatives.

This year, the sangat is encouraged to join countless other cities nationwide in organizing seva events on the weekend of August 5th-6th, to remember and honor the victims and survivors of the 2012 Oak Creek mass shooting.

Here’s how to get involved:

To find a Day of Seva project in your area, click here

To organize a project in your area, follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Pick a Seva Project

There are numerous projects that you can organize for your local community on August 5th-6th. Here are a few ideas to get you started

STEP 2: Recruit volunteers and get the word out

With hate crimes on the rise across the United States, Day of Seva is an incredible opportunity for the Sikh community to show leadership in combatting hate, educating the public through the media, and building bridges with other local communities.

We are here to help you recruit volunteers for your project! Please the details (contact information, date, time, place, other relevant details) for your seva project to dayofseva@sikhcoalition.org

For more outreach ideas, click here for our toolkit

STEP 3: Engage the media to cover Day of Seva

Day of Seva is also a way to share our stories with our neighbors. The sooner you confirm your project, the sooner we can help you reach out to local media in your area. The key is to have plenty of lead time when pitching a story to the media.