Attorneys Terry J. Isselhard, Paulina Garga-Chmiel and Dan Fumagalli volunteering at Misericordia Heart of Mercy.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chuhak & Tecson employees volunteered their time and efforts to support three organizations: Misericordia Heart of Mercy (Misericordia), Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) and Loyola Comfort Care.
At the start of the day, volunteers traveled to the Misericordia Chicago community to assist residents with their daily activities while other firm employees helped in the bakery. A long-standing service partner of Chuhak & Tecson, Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.
Back at the firm, a separate group of volunteers participated in a Jeans Day or baked goodies at home for an in-firm bake sale for the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project. Introduced to the firm by FLAP board member and Chuhak & Tecson employee Maria Dominguez, this organization’s mission is to improve conditions for low-income farm, landscape and meat-packing workers.
For the third event, volunteers cut and tied a total of 50 blankets for the men, women and children chemotherapy patients who partake in Loyola University Health’s Comfort Care Project. The program was started by Loyola staff 11 years ago in an attempt to fulfill the school’s promise of “treating the human spirit.”
Parallel to the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity to demonstrate that lending a hand is a responsibility and a privilege, especially for local communities in need.