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Jan 21, 2019

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. holds three days of community service

Every January, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 50 Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. employees — attorneys, paralegals and staff —engage in various service opportunities to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Such opportunities, ranging from packaging personal care items for women escaping abuse to knitting blankets for hospital patients, offer individuals the chance to develop meaningful connections with diverse communities while raising awareness and serving a local nonprofit.

Cognizant of the positive effects community service has on its employees and the communities it serves, Chuhak & Tecson will extend its annual Martin Luther King Jr. day of service in 2019. With the support of its Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council and Women Helping Women (WHW) program, the firm will hold three days of community service—in January, May and June— to meet the vital needs of Pacific Garden MissionWills for Heroes Foundation and Chicago Lights Urban Farm. .

Chuhak & Tecson’s three days of community service will kick off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Pacific Garden Mission. The country’s oldest operating Gospel rescue mission, Pacific Garden Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and medical care to the Chicago community. Throughout the day Chuhak & Tecson employees will prepare bedrolls, serve a meal in the kitchen and perform other light housekeeping assignments.

“Year after year, Chuhak & Tecson employees enthusiastically arrive at the mission with smiles on their faces and ready to get to work,” said Gerald Casey, director of outreach ministries. “It is great to see organizations like Chuhak & Tecson committed to giving back to the community and finding new ways of doing so.”

In May, Chuhak & Tecson volunteers will assist Wills for Heroes Foundation. Headed by the firm's Estate Planning & Asset Protection practice group leader Lindsey Paige Markus, attorneys, paralegals and staff will protect those who protect us by providing essential estate planning documents free of charge to veterans and first responders.

The three days of community service will culminate in June with the final group of vounteers paying tribute to another civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez. Volunteers will spend their Saturday afternoon at Chicago Lights Urban Farm planting and harvesting produce, weeding beds and turning compost at the nonprofit’s community garden. Chicago Lights Urban Farm, whose mission is to provide hope and opportunity to children, youth and adults facing the challenges of poverty, cultivates the garden for the community so youth and adults have access to fresh, local and sustainably grown produce.

Chuhak & Tecson looks forward to launching the three days of community service and providing a lending hand to its communities.

“Helping those in need is a value woven into the culture of the D&I Council, Women Helping Women and the firm as whole,” said Terry Isselhard, D&I Council chair. “Our employees have always placed personal importance on giving back within their communities, and Chuhak & Tecson strives to support their passion by developing opportunities for them to reach not only their own individual goals—but also our firm’s goals.”

To learn more about Chuhak & Tecson’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.