Chicago Tour | 2022 CAPLAW National Training Conference

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM CDT

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Includes breakfast at the Swissotel prior to departure at 7:30 am.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM CDT

2022 CAPLAW Conference Tour: Communities as Sustainable Ecosystems 

CAPLAW invites you to explore the powerful effects of a place-based, comprehensive approach to community building that envisions a better future for its residents. Larry Dawson of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies will narrate our bus ride to the south side of Chicago, where he will offer an introduction to the work that Community Action has done to assist communities out of poverty.

On our first stop, we will visit the Weatherization and Operations Training Center of Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), one of the Community Action Agencies (CAAs) serving the Chicago area. John Pady will take us inside this 35,000 square foot training facility, which is at the heart of CEDA’s Home Weatherization program, training and certifying workers for careers in home weatherization and other home energy repairs. Through the lens of weatherization, we will learn how CEDA is preparing its community for climate change and advocating for climate equity. At our second stop, we will expand our focus to Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI)’s long-term commitment to revitalizing the historic Pullman District, which was designated as a National Monument in 2015. We will hear from David Doig about centering community development around the neighborhood’s existing residents and physical assets, and about CNI’s extensive work in community engagement and planning to create a sustainable future.

If you are in need of a reminder of why Community Action is such an important force for good and how you are playing a powerful and vital role in that process, then this is the moment to get inspired!  

Tour will depart from the Swissotel at 7:30 am and return by 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Cost of registration includes breakfast. Space is limited. 

Frequently Asked Questions – General

How many attendees can the tour accommodate? 

The tour is limited to 50 people. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact  

What are the payment options? 

You can pay by check or credit card. 

When are check payments due and where do I send them? 

We must receive check payments no later than Friday, June 17, 2022, or your registration will be automatically cancelled. Please make checks payable to "CAPLAW" and send them with a printout of your confirmation email to Gove Group, Inc., at the address below: 

2022 CAPLAW National Training Conference
c/o Gove Group, Inc.
226 Paul Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211 

How do I request an invoice and/or a W-9? 

If you would like an invoice or a W-9, please contact Gove Group at or (412) 400-9164. 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?  

Tour fees will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee, only if written notice of cancellation is submitted to Gove Group at and received by June 3, 2022. A full refund will be provided in the event that the tour is cancelled by CAPLAW. Please contact Gove Group at or (412) 400-9164 with questions. 

Where can I view the agenda for the rest of the conference? 

You can visit our conference website for attendees here or download a printable PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Protocols

What are the COVID-19 protocols for the tour? 

The health and safety of our tour attendees are our highest priority. We are closely monitoring government mandates and public health guidelines, as well as requirements of our tour venues. As COVID-19 trends and public health guidelines evolve, we will adjust our approach as needed to ensure that we host a safe conference for everyone. All tour attendees must agree to abide by our COVID-19 Code of Conduct. We will also abide by the COVID-19 precautions that our tour hosts at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) implement while we are on their premises. 

Will I need to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19? 

Yes. The Chicago Tour is an official event at the conference. All tour attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination to attend the tour. We consider an individual to be fully vaccinated if they have completed two primary doses of a two-dose series (i.e., the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine), or one primary dose of a one-dose series (i.e., the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine).  

Registrants are required to submit vaccine records through CrowdPass, a secure online portal. You will receive a link to access the portal in your registration confirmation email. Please upload your vaccine records prior to arriving at the tour departure point. You must submit this information to attend the tour. Please contact CAPLAW at or at (617) 357-6915 with questions.  

Will I be required to wear a mask? 

Yes, masks will be required for the duration of the tour, including on the bus and at each tour stop.  

Will there be social distancing? 

Due to space limitations on the bus, tour participants will not be able to socially distance on the bus rides between tour stops. Our hosts at CEDA and CNI will take steps to limit group sizes at tour stops, but the nature of the facilities we visit may make it difficult to ensure that participants can socially distance throughout the tour. 

Will COVID-19 testing be available? 

Free COVID-19 testing will be available at nearby pharmacies and Chicago community-based testing sites. Find local COVID-19 testing information here

Cancellation policy

Tour fees will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee, only if written notice of cancellation is submitted to CAPLAW at and received by June 3, 2022. A full refund will be provided in the event that the conference is cancelled by CAPLAW. Please email or call 617-357-6915 with any questions.

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)

CAPLAW is the national legal expert for the Community Action network. Through consultations, training and resources, we equip Community Action Agencies (CAAs) with the knowledge and tools to operate as accountable and effective change agents. We also provide guidance to federal, state, and national Community Action partners on legal and financial issues affecting CAAs. CAPLAW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.

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