CALL Community Service Committee 2019-2020 Annual Report

Co-Chairs: Jamie Sommer and Lisa Winkler

Members: Clanitra Nejdl, Lucy Robbins, Patricia Scott, Sarah Walangitan, Mike McMillan, and Nan Norton

Board Liaison: Megan Butman

The Community Service Committee identified Chicago-based organizations whose missions and services align with the core values and mission of CALL. Our committee members took turns pulling together and promoting opportunities for CALL members to make donations at our business meetings or volunteer their time during a coordinated day of service. Here is when and how we helped this past year:

September 2019: Alliance for the Great Lakes

(Nan Norton and Mike McMillan)

Monetary Donations: $164

Day of Service: Sept. 28, 2019. CALL volunteers met at Montrose Beach in Chicago to remove microplastics during a beach cleanup day.

November 2019: Greater Chicago Food Depository

(Jamie Sommer)

Monetary Donations: $312

Day of Service: Dec. 7, 2019. CALL volunteers went to a Repack Session at the Food Depository where they worked repackaging bulk items into smaller quantities for distribution to various food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters for children, older adults and veterans around the city.

February 2020: Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP)

(Lisa Winkler and Sarah Walangitan)

Monetary Donations: $129.06

We did not organize a day of service opportunity because volunteering with LAP takes a sustained commitment.

May 2020

Due to the quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May Business Meeting was canceled. As a result we did not organize a fourth collection or day of service; however, we are currently looking into the feasibility of a remote collection in light of the extended social distancing guidelines and their likely impact on our September meeting.

Thank you to all CALL members for their support of the Community Service Committee’s initiatives and to all of the Community Service Committee members for their time, creativity, and enthusiasm for coming up with ways we can all give back to our local communities!