CAAL 2018 Highlights of Accomplishments

Contributed to make a difference in Lexington Civic Life

  • Joined the newly established Town Diversity Advisory Task Force, the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee and the Town Manager Search Committee
  • Participated in Lexington MLK activities and services
  • Co-hosted Candidate Forum with CAAL PAC to support informed voting and drive Town Election participation
  • Organized and participated in Lexington Patriot’s Day Parade and Veteran’s Day activities
  • Co-sponsored Lexington Recreation Department for the 3rd Annual End of Summer Community Party
  • Continued to support town committees, Cary Library and Community Endowment of Lexington

Promoted Chinese Culture and Organized Social Events

  • Hosted Chinese New Year celebration cultural performances and banquet for over 400 Lexington Community members, and celebrated its 35 years landmark services to the community
  • Presented Beijing Opera in partnership with Munroe Saturday Night and Boston Beijing Opera
  • Promoted and participated in cultural activities during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Co-organized the third “Dance Around the World” with the Town Celebration Committee
  • Organized Annual CAAL Potluck Party with over 100 families

Supported Education and Schools

  • Co-Sponsored Annual College and Career Seminar: “Multiple Pathways to Success: Tools for Self -Empowerment”
  • Held Seminar: “The USA Biology Olympiad and DOE National Science Bowl”
  • Organized Forum presented in Chinese “Education in America, Education in Lexington” for newcomers
  • Raised $2500 for METCO College Scholarship Fund as CAAL first Community Building Award honoree to promote diversity and inclusion
  • Contributed and supported Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) by donation and volunteering at Annual Gala/Global Party, Trivia Bee, and annual Kids Triathlon

Initiated More Community Services

  • Formed CAAL Youth Instrumental Ensemble to perform for Elderly Housing and Nursing Homes
  • Organized and Volunteered at Chinese Language Learning Group, helped Americans learn Chinese
  • Held CAAL Presidential Volunteer Service Award Seminar
  • Sponsored and donated to “De Facto Orphan” project to support children of migrant workers in China
  • Contributed 20% volunteering hours to Lexington Annual Carnival

Advocated for Social Justice and Equality

  • Organized Forum “In the Mirror of History: the Chinese American Experience (The Chinese Exclusion Act)” with Lexington Historic Society and the Cary Library for the Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May
  • Joined other Asian organizations to rally against racial bias in Sherry Chen incident
  • Co-sponsored and spoke at Lexington Says Enough Rally Against Gun Violence
  • Joined Chinese American Community in Support of the Jewish Community following the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and condemned racial hatred and violence in any form
  • Participated in and spoke at Thanksgiving Service organized by LICA (Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association)