Jan 24, 2017
Service to clients and to the community are one and the same at Chuhak & Tecson
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 80 employees of Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., volunteered to support three different local organizations – St. Ignatius, Loyola University Health System and Pacific Garden Mission.
Since the firm’s inception 30 years ago this year, Chuhak & Tecson’s commitment to community service has always been a priority. The firm chose a diverse selection of organizations to support in honor of the man who fought so bravely for inclusion.
“We believe that the best way to honor Dr. King is to volunteer and serve the community we call home,” said Sanjay Shivpuri, a principal and chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Chuhak & Tecson. “Every year we strive to do more.”
Chuhak & Tecson employees put together start-up bags consisting of toiletries, shampoo, deodorant and other essential items that will be distributed to homeless individuals through St. Ignatius Parish. Other volunteers created a variety of fleece blankets for chemotherapy patients at Loyola University Health System that appeal to men, women and children as they cut and knotted the fabric to aid those dealing with challenging and stressful health situations.
“I think it is particularly rewarding to go out and contribute to our community,” said K. Shaylan Baldwin, principal at Chuhak & Tecson. “Dr. King believed in human rights for everyone, and I am thankful that our firm has made it such a priority to take action through volunteer work to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.”
Another group of the firm’s volunteers went to the Pacific Garden Mission. Since 1877, the country’s oldest continuously operating Gospel rescue mission aims to save and restore the lives of homeless and hurting men, women and children. Volunteers worked together to prepare bedrolls, perform light housekeeping duties and arrange and serve meals.
“We appreciated the help a lot, especially because we were short staffed due to the weather and people getting sick,” said Gerald Casey, director of outreach ministries. “You guys were a godsend today, a tremendous blessing.”
Chuhak & Tecson employs people from diverse backgrounds, creating an environment in which each person feels supported so that everyone is able to do their personal best. Parallel to the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity to demonstrate that giving a hand is a privilege, offering respect and value to the clientele of local agencies.