A Matter of Balance 2013 workshops
ESD is holding a series of health-related, evidence-based workshops from March until the end of the year. Many older adults experience concerns about falling, and so restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. You will learn to: view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Registration is required, as is 80% attendance, but the program is free. Please call Eliza Chan or Carmen Au for registration: (312) 791-0418 ext.1129 Click on your preferred language to view the PDF flyers in ENGLISH or CHINESE
2013 Summer Interest Classes Open Enrollment!
Dates are July 10, 2013 – August 24, 2013 Programs include: Chinese Dance, Chinese Mandarin, Drawing Classes and Martial Arts. For 2013 Summer Interest Classes flyers, click on ENGLISH or CHINESE. You can also contact Peggy Luu at (312) 791-0418 x2101.
Dinner Raffle Winners!! Click here to see if you won!
Please join us in congratulating the Winners of the 24th Annual Dinner Gala Raffle! Prizes included $10,000 cash, 2 round trip airline tickets to Asia, a 55" Samsung TV, $500 gift certificate to MingHin Restaurant, and many more! Thank you for supporting CASL!
2nd Annual ASIAN AMERICAN ACTION DAY May 23rd
Join CASL and diverse Pan-Asian American community leaders and members across Illinois to make our voices heard by elected leaders in Springfield. Participants will be able to meet their state legislators, tour the Capitol Building and Lincoln House, join a rally to advocate for issues affecting the Asian American community, and participate in cultural performances on the Capitol lawn in honor of Asian Heritage Month. Buses will leave at 6:00 am and return to drop off spots across the city & suburbs by 6:00 pm. Click HERE for a flyer.
Bernie Wong Receives Racial Justice Award from YWCA on Oct. 24
CASL President, Bernarda Wong, received the YWCA Racial Justice Award at the YWCA’s Leader Luncheon on October, 24, 2012. The award, established in 1991, recognizes a woman’s demonstrated commitment to work toward the elimination of racism. Read more about the all of the 2012 YWCA's Outstanding Leader honorees here.
On Tuesday, October 16, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and several of its local members in Boston and Chicago joined other partners of the Home for Good Campaign to deliver more than 35,000 signed postcards from voters across the country to the campaign headquarters of both President Obama and Governor Romney, to demand that they provide a plan to end the housing crisis and protect the dream of homeownership for all Americans. Read more >>
Seniors from CASL’s Adult Day Service Center and student volunteers from local Chicago Tech Academy bonded over facials, manicures, and makeup as part of GlamourGals' first ever makeover event in Chicago on August 13, 2012. >>
Dr. William Wan Kwok Kuen, a senior dentist who has been practicing in Chicago’s Chinatown, Lincoln Park & west suburban Oakbrook for 30+ years, and a staunch supporter for local community activities, is now launching a new and unprecedented project to do fundraising for CASL for the month of August and on assigned days each month for the rest of the year. For dental work completed during this project Dr. Wan will donate 50% of the proceeds to CASL. That is something everyone can smile about! For more details on pricing and dates, please click here.
Free Mammogram and Cervical Cancer Screenings
Women who meet eligibility requirements can now sign up for FREE Mammogram and Cervical Cancer Screenings provided by the Chinese American Service League through a collaboration with Mercy Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, with sponsorship from the Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program. Please see the flyer in English or Chinese for more details.
Do you have trouble with English? Do you feel lost when you hear English spoken fast? Is it difficult to find the right words when you speak? Cup of Tea discussion can help! Cup of Tea Discussions are held at CASL every Saturday from 10am-12pm. Both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers are welcome! The class is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information on the class, please view the flyer or contact Pingjing Zou at
or (312) 791-0418, ext. 3903.
Governor Quinn Signs Asian American Employment Plan Legislation at CASL
On July 27, 2012 CASL and the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) welcomed Governor Pat Quinn to the heart of Chinatown for the signing of HB4510, the Asian American Employment Plan. Read the full story here >>
CASL President Receives Champion of Change Award at White House
CASL president, Bernie Wong, was selected to receive President Obama’s “Champion of Change” Award honoring individuals who exemplify the ideals and values of Cesar Chavez! Read Bernie's biography and blog on the White House Website. If you missed the event, you can watch the ABC news clip here.
CASL featured in Chicago Tribune Community Giving Report!
One of CASL's very own Chef Training· Program graduates, Richard Chiu, was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune Community Giving Report section.· Click here to read his story!
CASL’s Courage to Quit smoking cessation program held its second graduation on November 11, 2011. Sponsored in part by the Asian Health Coalition, Courage to Quit is a comprehensive treatment program that provides information, practice skills, and support to participants as they work towards quitting smoking. >>
Lucky Couple wins FREE Electricity!
Congratulations to the lucky couple, Mr. Cho Tok Lo (勞祖鐸) and Mrs. Wai Quen Lo (勞黃惠娟), who signed up through CASL's website to participate in the CUB Energy Saver and won three months (June, July, August) of free electricity in the "Free Summer of Electricity" contest! The CUB Energy Saver is the latest money-saving service from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and is like having your very own 24-hour energy expert whose only job is to slash your home's utility bills - for free. Please click here for more details, and follow three simple steps to sign up and then start saving money, earning rewards, and winning prizes!
For Yan Feng Li, CASL’s Family Learning and Resource Center (FALREC) changed her world and the lives of her three children in ways she could never have imagined. Yan Feng first heard about FALREC, a family support and early childhood intervention program that supports children up to five and their parents, from a recommendation by her boss when she was pregnant with her first son. >>
On July 15, 2011 DePaul University’s Startalk Chinese Language Academy students took a field trip to CASL to sing with Adult Day Service seniors. >>
Over the past school year CASL’s School Age Center (SAC) students have been busy building a variety of “Fantastic Structures,” thanks to a generous $30,000 Motorola Solutions Innovation Generation Grant awarded in July 2010. >>
On June 22, 2011 CASL’s first Courage to Quit smoking cessation program participants graduated. The 6-week program, hosted in partnership with the Asian Health Coalition, is the first time the program has been led in Chinese in Chicago. >>
On June 22, 2011 participants in CASL’s 8-month Healthy Lifestyle Initiative attended the last the last workshop about Summer Foods and 23 received their certificates of completion. >>
Deloitte employees volunteered at CASL on 6/10/11. CASL clients and staff look forward to Deloitte Impact Day every year, since they are the largest volunteer group of the year touching the most programs! >>
Thank you to Harris Bank employees for volunteering at CASL on 6/9/2011!· We are honored to have had CEO, Ellen Costello, join the group as a special guest reader to our Child Development Center children. >>
This year CASL staff and clients participated as Cheering Station volunteers for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer held in Chicago on June 5, 2011. The two-day event aims to unite people with one purpose and one goal - to end breast cancer. >>