In addition to services offered in the five program departments, there are special services. These are either new initiatives or are services offered infrequently, and often cover subject matters that are cross-departmental.
Currently three special services are offered at CASL:
Cup of Tea Discussions
A class that started with only volunteer and four clients now boasts more than 20 dedicated volunteers each week that serve more than 100 clients. These devoted individuals have donated over 1,300 hours since 2009, changing the lives of our clients. Their most recent accomplishment is being recognized as Project Winner for Chicago with the 2010 Governor's Home Town Awards.
Each lesson includes a comprehensive handout prepared by volunteers. The class is divided into Mandarin and Cantonese speakers and subdivided into beginning, intermediate and advanced English ability levels. Groups are typically 4-5 students and a volunteer teacher. This completely volunteer driven program has given immigrants a voice and the confidence they need to achieve their dreams
Pro Bono Legal Clinic
Since the inception of the program, the clinic has assisted over 50 clients.· Clients who do not meet income requirements or whose cases are not covered by the clinic may be referred to other legal service assistance resources or attorneys who offer discounted rates. View the flyer for the current clinic hours.
Secretary of State Mobile Service Unit
The unit is staffed by the Secretary of State’s mobile service unit staff with CASL staff and volunteers assisting with Cantonese and Mandarin translation.
In January 2010, the Secretary of State partnered with CASL for the first time to offer its mobile service unit at CASL. Over 70 individuals received services in a 3-hour period.· Another 100 clients were served at the June 2010 session of the mobile service unit.