Thursday, October 25, 2012

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Tonight was a wonderful reminder of CASL's humble beginnings and exponential growth due to the compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff. Twelve of us from the Associate Board attended CASL's Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, along with many others who help with client service programs and behind-the-scenes work.

Bernie Wong, President of CASL, and Esther Wong, Executive Director, both spoke of the important role that volunteers play at CASL; without these dedicated volunteers, the operation of many programs simply would not be possible. To learn more about opportunities to give back, click on the SERVICES tab on CASL's homepage.

  CASL-AB with CASL development staff and CASL president and co-founder, Bernie

The evening of food and fun concluded with this year's volunteer awards.  Our very own Jing Cheng and Johnny Mui were both recipients, among others. They were acknowledged for their leadership work as Associate Board Co-Chairs, and Jing was also praised for her involvement with the Cup of Tea program. CASL-AB was mentioned numerous times for being service-minded and organized, focused and invigorated. We're so honored and proud to be a part of such an incredible organization!

A special shout out to KC, Cathy, and John who attended the dinner - thanks for being such awesome AB volunteers! :)

 Jing accepting a recognition award from Bernie
Membership co-chairs Gabe and Ron accepting a recognition award on behalf of Johnny
 A lovely performance of the handkerchief dance by CASL's youth dance troupe

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Event: University of Chicago Campus Tour

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

Join us on our 2012 College Campus Tour as we bring high school students from the Chinatown and Bridgeport communities to visit the University of Chicago! Most of these students are first generation Asian-American citizens, and many are the first in their families to have an opportunity to attain a college education. Volunteers will be paired up with students as we attend a campus tour, admissions info session, cafeteria luncheon, and end-of-day Q&A session joined by current students of the university. This is a unique high-impact opportunity to spend the day as a mentor to motivated youths that may not know many role models who are college graduates.

Saturday, November 10th, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet at CASL: 2141 S. Tan Court, Chicago, IL 60616

Free, RSVP required. Please email to register (see TRANSPORTATION).
Volunteers will need to cover own lunch expense at the university cafeteria.
Event limited to 15 volunteers on a first come first serve basis.

Car-pooling will be arranged from CASL to the university. Please help us when registering by indicating if you can drive other volunteers, or if you need to carpool.

Henry So 607.279.9528 |
Stephanie Chan 847.373.3449 |

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Past Soiree, Future Benefit

It's hard to beat being in the company of amazing people while enjoying delicious food and drinks - oh wait, unless one gets to do all of the above FOR A GREAT CAUSE! A group of us did just that last Saturday at Project: VISION's 5th Annual Fall Soiree, where proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items will fund after school programs for Bridgeport youth.

Some of our execs with friends from the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and TAP-Chicago

 Co-Prosperity Sphere was an absolutely stunning venue!
Their mission and growth are truly inspirational, but they always need more volunteers! Click here to see how you can help.
Food generously donated by South Loop pan-Asian restaurant Tamarind
 Some incredible silent auction items from Akira (that I won yay!)

Missed out on this charity event? Mark your calendars for CASL-AB's Winter Benefit on Friday, November 30th, from 7-10pm at Lakeview's swanky new gastropub Blokes & Birds! Follow CASL_AB on Twitter to stay updated.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1210 and counting

Despite being one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States, Asians have one of the lowest voter participation rates. CASL-AB set out this past Saturday to help change this with our second Voter Registration Drive. We registered 12 voters in both the Chinatown and Bridgeport neighborhoods and, with the 20 from our inaugural drive, helped the CBCAC surpass their goal of 1200!

Cathy, who single-handedly registered 4 voters during September's drive, led the recent event. Her thoughts:
Being able to see old friends and a few new faces on such a cold day was great.  Approaching strangers in Chinatown / Bridgeport was definitely not the easiest thing, however being able to get outside of our comfort zones and register more voters made the entire experience extra rewarding.  It was wonderful to see everyone working together to further strengthen the community.

 Orientation in the CASL board room
 Quick photo in the stairwell on our way out of the CASL headquarters
 Connecting with Atarah, the co-founder of the Chinese Language and Culture Association (CLCA) at Chicago State University and a Chinatown tour guide
 Kat and Katie, students at the University of Chicago and long-time volunteers of CASL's Cup of Tea program, stopped by to register also! Thanks ladies!
 LOVED their enthusiasm and energy! Definitely looking forward to working with them both on future CASL-AB events :)
Happy with our numbers, especially Ed Chen (center), president of TACL TAP-Chicago, who registered 3 in Bridgeport!

Thank you to all our volunteers! And don't forget to vote; election date is Tuesday, Nov 6 :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Rock Bottom Brewery Happy Hour

CASL-AB hosted our October Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Brewery last night and had a fantastic turnout despite the inclement weather. The delicious appetizers, craft beers, and live music set the tone for a fun night of mingling. Thank you all for your support! High fives to KC Lau and Tom Li for being the "stand out" patrons of the evening! :)

Ron Chan, Membership Co-Chair, is blown away by the interest and growth in CASL-AB: 
"It was great to see all our support at the Rock Bottom Happy Hour. The CASL Associate Board social events are a great way for members to come out, meet up with old friends and get to know new ones. We all share a common interest in trying to serve the community, and it was great to share ideas and thoughts about how we can improve on our efforts."

If you missed the HH, don't wait for November! Come hang out with CASL-AB at our second Voter Registration Drive tomorrow from 12-3 at the CASL headquarters. The CBCAC, CASL staff, and CASL-AB have registered a total of 1022 voters as of Oct 2. Let's help the CBCAC reach their goal of 1200! Click here for more details.