CAAL 2019 Highlights of Accomplishments

CAAL 2019 Accomplishments

 Contributed to make a difference in Lexington Civic Life

  • Organized Candidate Forum for the 2019 town election to encourage civil engagement from the Chinese community
  • Made donation of warm socks for homeless shelter and participated in Lexington Community Conversation on Race in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Sponsored the 150th anniversary Gala of Cary Memorial Library and awarded the Library Foundation “2019 CAAL Community Building Award” of $5000
  • Formed CAAL Dragon Marching Unit and made its debut at the Lexington’s Patriots’ Day Parade
  • Held Town Meeting information session and encourage Chinese Residents to run Town Meeting

Shared and Promoted Chinese Culture

  • Hosted a successful Lunar New Year Celebration Gala Performance in partnership with the Town of Lexington and KoLex at Cary Hall. The event attracted 800 audience members.
  • Partnered with Lexington Symphony to host the world premier Pipa artist Wu Man to perform “East meets West” program at Cary Memorial Hall
  • Partnered with Cary Library Foundation and organized a successful Library After Dark event “Celebrate Season, Celebrate Life”. The 250 attendees enjoyed learning about the 24 solar terms system in Chinese culture

Supported Education and Schools

  • Hosted LPS Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett Q&A Session for the Chinese Community
  • Sponsored and participated LEF Gala, Trivia Bee to support Lexington Education Foundation
  • CAAL Team joined annual New England Kids Triathlon to raise fund for LEF
  • Held College Planning Seminar “Journey to College” for the community
  • Sponsored college career workshop “Multiple Pathways to Success: Connecting with Mentors at Play”

Promoted Community Services

  • Hosted a volunteer appreciation event at Hancock-Clark House to thank more than 100 CAAL community volunteers
  • Held Annual Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Information Session
  • Held Volunteering Experience Sharing Seminar

Provided Social Networking Opportunities

  • Hosted a Welcome Newcomers Reception to provide an opportunity for newcomers to learn about the resources and opportunities provided by the town and community
  • Held a Moon Festival Picnic Gathering to provide occasion for friends and neighbors to mingle and enjoy group activities
  • Organized CAAL annual holiday potluck party with around 100 families attending

Advocated for Social Justice and Equality

  • Held a featured forum by Major General Bill Chen to tell his family stories in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad and on the heels of the May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Organized Community Candle Vigil for Shen Chai and Community Conversation on Domestic Violence in partnership with Lexington Community Coalition and Department of Human Services
  • Participated Community Conversation Series: “Embracing Diversity in Lexington”