In fond memory of Joseph McCole, Esq.

Community Health Action staff, clients and board members often speak about how the agency feels like family — our family has lost a beloved patriarch and benefactor who will be missed, and remembered fondly and often for his loving and generous spirit.

Joe McCole was Community Health Action’s longest-serving, most dedicated and generous benefactor. He gave in so many ways — he was renowned for his incredible generosity towards what he believed was important, helping people living with AIDS, LGBT people struggling with discrimination, and those struggling with the impact of substance use, incarceration or domestic violence. He also donated generously of his time and talent. He was elected Chairman of the Board twice — once in 2003, and again in 2007, and served for 4 years in that role. Most of his tenure, though, Joe served as Treasurer of the Board. Whenever the Executive Director would introduce him with all his degrees and stellar professional credentials, he loved to add "Or, in other words, a sleazy tax lawyer." He was the consummate Board member — he had perfect attendance at meetings, read EVERYTHING in the Board packet (and always had corrections to the minutes, down to the commas!) and consistently offered wise counsel and advice.

One of Joe's favorite agency activities was the Thanksgiving Basket Delivery. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, volunteers gather at the Community Health Action food pantry to pick up and then deliver baskets of food, including a fresh turkey and all the dinner fixings, to the homes of agency clients. Everyone loved to go with Joe because he would get such enjoyment from the responses of the clients. Joe's generosity helped fund the distribution of these baskets to over 200 families last year and in all the years he served on the Board. This was just one of the many gifts he made each year — also supporting the annual fundraiser and holiday party for hundreds of children and family members in December.