The Leadership Lackawanna Core program Class of 2016-2017 will complete three service projects this year. As part of the 10-month curriculum, participants collaborate with local nonprofit organizations to complete various projects. In doing so, it helps enhance participant leadership skills and fosters teamwork. These projects impact the community, address a need and result in a tangible end product. The projects this year will benefit:

1. Artists For Art (AFA) Gallery: Leadership Lackawanna Core Program participants will help rebrand the AFA Gallery and create a marketing plan to assist AFA in bringing the arts to a wider audience. This plan will include the creation of a new membership brochure, updating the organization’s web presence, and more. The participants will also help streamline AFA’s membership database and plan a meet-and-greet event for the community where the AFA’s new look will be unveiled.

2. Friends of the Poor: Leadership Lackawanna Core Program participants will help market the Friends of the Poor’s new “Need a Ride?” program, which provides free transportation to and from medical appointments to Carbondale residents who can safely ride in a minivan. The program will be marketed to potential drivers, health care professionals and potential clients. Leadership Lackawanna will also help create an electronic data gathering system that patients, drivers and healthcare providers can use to complete tasks like scheduling rides, tracking mileage, and referring patients.

3. Saint Joseph's Center: Leadership Lackawanna Core Program participants will assist with marketing the center’s First Home Program, which helps mothers from Walsh Manor and Mother Infant Home when they move into permanent housing. Leadership Lackawanna will help create marketing materials and organize and implement a volunteer team campaign and create an inventory/collection system for the center, including a furniture collection event to help boost inventory.

Would you like to financially support a Leadership Lackawanna class project? We currently accept PayPal donations for SEVERAL different areas of interest - including the three class projects. Please click on the Donate link below. You MUST indicate your "donation type" by writing it in the designated box when checking out.