Nakhia Crossley, Co-Chair
Candace Jackson, Co-Chair
The BWLA Community Service committee encourages and facilitates active participation by BWLA members in volunteer activities throughout the greater Chicago community. The objective is to help make a difference in the community that we serve. In 2007, Clara’s House became the hallmark project of the service committee. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for homeless women and their families who have left abusive relationships in West Englewood community of Chicago. The House designs programs to meet basic needs for employment, housing, health care, and education through training and projects directed at advocacy, social services, empowerment, and self-awareness. Today, BWLA has continued their relationship with the House by assisting residents with food, clothing, restoration of their living quarters and more.
Over the years, the committee has also taken on other projects such as active participation in the Annual Women Everywhere Community Service Day, the Just Us Girls Empowerment Conference, Career Days, and fall and spring school supply drives. The committee inaugurated a lawyers’ in the classroom series called Building Wisdom through Legal Awareness in September 2011. The series is designed to enter the classrooms of youth in elementary and high school to discuss legal topics that effect our youth. Presentations of various topics have included Copyright Fair Use, Anti-Bullying via the Power of Words, Domestic Violence Awareness, Racial profiling-how to protect yourself and Riding Dirty-don’t flock with the birds that can hurt you.