The local Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) helped celebrate their National organization’s Day of Service by volunteering locally.

On Oct. 10, Chapter members served lunch at the local Senior Center. Working with the nonprofit Open Heart Kitchen, members worked as food servers, dishwashers, busgirls and food line servers. Another group of members painted patriotic rocks, which will be put in the garden of the Livermore VA Hospital.

The Chapter bestowed the National DAR Community Service Award to Kirstin Litz of Pleasanton at their Oct. 12 Chapter meeting. Litz is the Board Chair of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, and has also volunteered with the local philanthropic organizations Dress A Girl around the World, Chemo Care Ministry, Valley Humane Society, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies, and Relay for Life. Litz spoke to the Chapter about her upbringing and how volunteerism has been an important part of her life since a young age. She also spoke to the group about breast and ovarian cancer, and provided information about prevention and education.

The National DAR Day of Service honored DAR’s 129th anniversary; DAR was founded in 1890. The organization was founded to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. Contact Debbie Janes at JMADAR.regent@gmail.com.