Leadership Lackawanna
Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community leadership and professional development organization

Past Projects

Past Projects - Check out this impressive list of community projects that our Core Program has accomplished.

2018 - 2019

St. Joseph’s Center

The team worked with St. Joseph’s Center to equip both the Multi-Purpose and Therapy Room at the Trinity Child Care Center in Dunmore.  This included purchasing equipment that the staff requires to meet children’s needs in a nurturing environment that enhances each child’s growth and development such as, therapy mats, interactive carpets, sensory tactile sets, booster seats and skill developing games.  In addition, they are creating a small, outdoor playground area for the children equipped with slides, climbing walls and sensory toys.   Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Center is not yet open, however a ribbon cutting for this team is planned for the Fall.

The Ritz Theater

By transforming the lobby of the Ritz Theater on Wyoming Avenue in downtown Scranton, the class has brought this iconic landmark back to life.  With an emphasis on historic significance, the team created a vibrant, living display including archival photos, advertisements, and images pertaining to the theater, as well as genuine artifacts found in the Ritz Theater’s collection.  They hosted an unveiling of the lobby in early May and rightfully named it the Poli Historic Gallery, in honor of founder Sylvester Poli who founded the iconic performing arts center in 1907.

NEPA Youth Shelter

This team transformed a room inside the NEPA Youth Shelter into a creative musical space hence providing teens with a safe place to express themselves and showcase their musical abilities. The room is furnished with state-of-the-art sound recording equipment and software and includes a sound-proof studio recording booth.  The room was dedicated on May 23, and the teens are now able to showcase their talent by writing and recording music and spoken-word poetry.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

This team has transformed the Junior Ballroom, in the lower level of the building, to a functional black box theater. They developed the overall design, marketing strategies, implementation and construction of the space which included installing lights, configuring audio equipment, and hanging curtains.  Now complete, the space can be used for productions including summer campers and musical dance productions. Additionally, classes and workshops for all ages in acting, improvisation, musical theater, and dance will be held in the space.

2017 - 2018

Anthracite Heritage Museum

In honor of 250 years of anthracite coal mining in the United States, the Leadership team helped the community to “Rediscover the Anthracite Heritage Museum.” This project hads two main goals - to celebrate the museum’s unique history and culture and to increase patronship - and consisted of an event and the creation of a recognition/sponsorship sculpture.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley

The group developed a “founder’s day” type event celebrating local heritage. This free, family-friendly community event was held at the Olive Street Trailhead along the Downtown Scranton Riverwalk on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and contained various exhibits, activities and performances, like historically relevant song and dance from a local theatre group. 

Nay Aug Park, City of Scranton

Located in Nay Aug Park, the Pavilion, formerly known as the Everhart or Marmie Pavilion, was built in 1897. It is among the first buildings erected in the park. Time has taken a toll on this pavilion. The team revitalized and refurbished the pavilion and completed various landscaping tasks.

The Farmhouse Sanctuary

Recently founded in 2016, this farmed animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary had Leadership Lackawanna replace a small bridge, enhance their walking trails and create a meditation area on the property.

2016 - 2017

Artists For Art (AFA) Gallery

In collaboration with the gallery’s 29th birthday, the class reintroduced AFA to the community through new marketing material and membership information, engaging a whole new audience and celebrating “the visual arts” though an exciting community event. 

Friends of the Poor

Participants helped 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. They also helped create an electronic data gathering system that the Friends of the Poor will be able utilize for the daily administration of the program. 

Saint Joseph’s Center

Participants marketed the center’s First Home Program, which assists mothers from Walsh Manor and the Mother/Infant Program when they move into permanent housing. We created marketing materials, organize and implement a volunteer team campaign and create a social media based inventory/collection system for the First Home Program. The system will now assist in maintaining the program’s furniture inventory, requesting members to seek out, transform and store quality home goods for the Program. 

2015 - 2016

Children's Advocacy Center

This team installed a healing and transformation garden in the backyard of the Teen Advocacy Center! It incorporates a variety of features, a butterfly garden, a reflection area, a fire pit, hammocks, swings, a sandbox, a picnic area and a brick walkway. 

Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) - City of Scranton

This team created a publicly-accessible online database of Scranton's historic properties. This resource will help HARB preserve the city's rich architectural history. It will also be useful to city officials, local architects, property owners, and anyone with an interest in historic preservation. To download the database, please visit: Scrantonpa.gov.

West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch, Inc.

This team developed a Summer Day Camp Model to target the Skateboard Community at Jackson Street Skate Park, Scranton. The group also created and produced marketing materials and a website. 

2014 - 2015 

Lackawanna Historical Society

The class designed and created an interactive website, which is a companion piece to "You Live Here, You Should Know This!", a Jeopardy-style local history game show annual produced by the Historical Society. The game was unveiled at a Launch Party in April at The Leonard Theater in downtown Scranton. 

Neighborworks Northeastern Pennsylvania

Leadership Lackawanna partnered with this organization to plan and execute an expanded version of "Paint the Town", an annual painting and property maintenance event. A free Kick-Off Celebration was held in May at Weston Field in Scranton. 

Voluntary Action Center

The class assisted the Center with branding and structuring and then helped them unveil and celebrate their new location with a block-party. The free party was held in May on the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue in Scranton. 

2013 - 2014

Dress for Success Lackawanna

This team helped to honor and celebrate the organizations 15 year impact in northeastern Pennsylvania by creating an informational anniversary video that was showcased at a luncheon containing over 500 guests. They also collaborated with local schools to host a poster contest and finally, they established the inaugural Recognize and Refer breakfast to unite all of Dress for Success Lackawanna's partners. 

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

This Leadership Lackawanna team partnered with the Shelter to market and promote their Pet Foster Program. It was determined the general public wasn't familiar with the need for foster families, so the group focused heavily on awareness and then organized a Family Fun pet day in Clarks Summit on May 25th. Over 800 people attended this event. 

Shalom Scranton

Their mission is to build a sustainable community through education and healthy living. Leadership Lackawanna participants united with this organization to market and promote the Greenhouse Project, which is located inside Nay Aug Park in Scranton. In addition to plant and flower sales, and increased marketing efforts, the team organized a Family Fun Block Party for the Greenhouse. Over 500 guests attended this event. 


The “Phoebe Snow Diner” Project

Together with the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society the LL team assisted with the ELDCPS’s marketing plan and hosted a dining car launch event. 

The “Foster Our Future” Project

A collaboration with Friendship House and included the creation of a National Foster Care Awareness Month marketing campaign and a family-fun event, aimed at educating the public about foster care and adoption. 

The “A-Raising Race” Project

Raised awareness about the United Neighborhoods Centers of NEPA’s programs through a scavenger hunt type race that took place at multiple locations throughout Scranton. 

2011 - 2012 

The Restore the Slope Project

This project renovated one of the three historic buildings remaining on the Gravity Slope Colliery site in Archbald known as the “Oil House.” The project consisted of roof repair, ceiling construction, door and window replacement, brickwork, graffiti removal, painting, stairs, exterior site clean-up and landscaping. 

First Friday Scranton- StArt’s (Storefront ART)

The goal was to foster the development of downtown Scranton through the promotion of local artists and the inspiration of new business opportunities. 

Scranton Civic Ballet Company

The NEPA Kids Fit for Life was a one day carnival event that taught children, ages 8-14, about the fun they can have while being physically active. 

Skills in Scranton - Futures Now 

This project was a Leadership Lackawanna initiative designed to educate and excite local high school students about Math and Science careers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The students had the opportunity to watch an interactive Chemistry Show, presented by the Franklin Institute and participate in a career expo. 

2010 - 2011 

BUY Fresh Buy Local Northeast Region Chapter

Leadership Lackawanna worked with this organization to perform public outreach and education and increase the demand for locally grown food, via a membership drive, chapter event and annual publication. Their event, a wine and cheese event held on April 30th at Maioltesis Winery, raised over $4,000 and had over 200 people in attendance. 

Electric City Trolley Museum Association

The Tracks to Our Past project consisted of renovating “Bay 4” inside the museum which allows for additional room for exhibitions and also provides more event space for the community to utilize. They then held a Speakeasy Soiree party, on March 24, 2011 inside the Bay, which raised additional funds and served as an unveiling. Together, sponsorship and donations for this project totaled $12,000.

Meals on Wheels of NEPA

On April 12, 2011 at the Scranton Cultural Center, this project team held "Hunger for the Arts" an event featuring an array of artistic services or purchase a piece of locally made sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. They raised over $8,000 for Meals on Wheels. 

Nancy K. Holmes Public Library - Renovating Our Future

This project consisted of converting an old storage area inside the library into a safe and fun new room for the pre-teen and teenage population to enjoy. The project totaled over $12,000 in sponsorships and donations. A ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the room was held on April 29, 2011. 

2009 - 2010

The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour

Together with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority(LHVA), the team organized a day-long, family and friends bicycle tour event on 6/4/10 highlighting the LHVA trail. The event consisted of two parts: an opening reception and the bike tour. The goal of this event was to raise awareness and raise funds for the trail and to provide cycling enthusiasts and families the opportunity to experience the natural beauty, history, and cultural diversity of Lackawanna County and the surrounding communities.

One Stop Donation Drop (OSDD)

This event builds on the concept that if we donate our gently worn clothing, household items and sports equipment to local charitable organizations, who assist the neediest of the needy, then we are keeping these items out of landfills and helping our community organizations at the same time. LL expanded OSDD to a new location, Scranton! This day-long community-focused, multi-tiered donation event benefited several local non-profits including Ronald McDonald House, United Neighborhood Centers, Women’s Resource Center, Cinderella’s Closet, Voluntary Action Center, Friendship House, Friends of the Poor and Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA. OSDD is a nationwide event and is coordinated locally by Nancy Sarno. 

St. Joseph’s Center

Leadership Lackawanna created and implemented a mentoring program at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton to support women and families who move from either the Walsh Manor or Mother/Infant Program into permanent, independent housing. It will also include a new series of educational programs designed to inform and train community mentors. This program will match community mentors with single women and will provide the support, respect, integrity and resources needed to help these women and their children become independent. 

A Brush with Kindness

A neighborhood revitalization program under the direction of Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County. This program gives low-income homeowners in Lackawanna County an easy and affordable way to improve and revitalize their homes and neighborhoods. The program focuses on exterior home repair services like painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and weatherization. Leadership Lackawanna’s launch of “A Brush with Kindness” will help Habitat for Humanity serve the citizens of Northeastern Pennsylvania on a greater level as we work to increase the number of families living in safe and affordable housing. 

Abington Area Joint Recreation Board - Walk the Lake

Working to build a pathway around the lake Hillside Park in Clarks Summit, this project provided a handicap-accessible, family-friendly walkway.

2008 - 2009

The Restoration of Hanlon's Grove at Nay Aug Park

The mission of this project was to restore and enhance a blighted section of the park to a point of destination, by reinstating a picnic grove and creating a site that encourages community pride and environmental connectivity. 

Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA

This project involved painting, decorating and reorganizing the existing layout into a more kid friendly and modern computer lounge. 

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute's Cancer Survivor Park– The Cancer Survivors Park, at McDade Park in Scranton

This project was created to provide a physical location at which to display the artwork of individuals who participated in the Survivor’s Tiles Art Therapy Project. However time, and more specifically northeastern Pennsylvania winters, have taken a toll on the Park. This two phase, multi-step park renovation project included new/enhanced landscape, pathways, benches, pavers, tribute trees and the removal of the tiled spires. 


With the assistance of SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy, this project involved creating a year-long, public-awareness campaign. The campaign theme was “Read Better. It’s Not Too Late” and had two focuses. The first focus was on lifestyle, the latter economic. The campaign reached across a range of platforms, including television, radio, billboards, promotional flyers/cards, displays, newspapers and the Internet.

2007 - 2008

Leave Your Mark on the Park- Restoration of the Schimelfenig Pavilion at Nay Aug Park

The project included installing landscaping and a brick-paver walkway and patio on both sides of the pavilion. 

Project Success: A Conference for Youth

This project was designed to introduce local high school students to avenues that will help them to be successful by exposing them to various speakers, exercises and activities.  The Conference gave students an opportunity to shadow a local business professional and learn about a job they have some interest in pursuing following high school.

The Local Flavor of Lackawanna

A wine tasting event to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center.

Answering the Call of the Wild

A project assisting the Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary in providing the best life possible to animals. The primary goals of this project include promoting awareness of the mission of the sanctuary, organizing various on-site cleanups and raising money for food and supplies. 

2006 - 2007

My Future in the Neighborhood

Career Day in January for seventh-grade students at which they received a career assessment tool created by the team. The team, along with leaders from a variety of organizations, held targeted career information sessions with those students in April.

Gimme Shelter

A project to raise awareness and funds for the Humane Society of Lackawanna County. Put together a book that sold for $10 and held a Pet Walk at Nay Aug Park.

Doors Open Lackawanna

This project offered free admission to various historic sites and businesses, mainly in the downtown area, not generally open to the public. Goal was to let residents know what tourist attractions and treasures are available in the area. Free trolley service was provided to all sites.

2005 - 2006

Helping Kids Rebound

Children’s Advocacy Center fundraising/awareness event that paired the Harlem Jokers against area political, media, and business celebrities in a basketball game to benefit the CAC.

Women’s Resource Center Awareness Campaign

Work with extended network of staff and volunteers of the WRC to gather information to update their website, promotional items and educational materials.

Betton House

Mentoring our Future was a partnership with the Betton House that required meeting with students twice a month.  Each meeting has a different theme with sessions focused on workshops, lectures and activities.

2004 - 2005

Walk / Drive Scranton Project

Phase One of Courthouse Square signage system to assist residents and visitors in locating points of interest, and help in negotiating streets.

A New Leash on Life: Connecting People Through Pets

Event to bring people and pets together for a special day.

Elderly Resource Guide

Create a resource guide to improve the quality of life of our community of elderly by raising awareness of services available to them.

Beyond the View: Lackawanna County Through the Eyes of our Youth

Give area youth the opportunity to learn more about their local heritage through artwork

2003 - 2004

  • Family Film Festival at Nay Aug Park, featuring three movies

  • Promote the Lackawanna River Loop Project by including an insert in The Sunday Times and developing a model of the completed project for display at various businesses in the county

  • Job Shadowing Program matching high school students with professionals in fields of their interest

2002 - 2003

  • Leadership Lackawanna Conference 2003

  • Community Pride Project – Essay contest for fifth-grade students on why they are proud of their community

  • GVTA Business Plan Competition – Partnered with Great Valley Technology Alliance to offer a business plan competition to college students

2001 - 2002

  • Aim High Program on career awareness for middle school students presented to guidance counselors/educators

  • Job Jumpstart search information program for college graduates and dislocated workers

2000 - 2001

  • Video on the benefits of the area to live/work here

  • Life Skills Workshop for High School Students

  • Entrepreneur Fair

  • Senior Citizens Education Program on “Stay-In-Their-Own-Homes”

1999 - 2000

  • Signs/Banners Campaign for The Gateway To Scranton

  • Youth Logo Contest with the Lackawanna County Cultural Diversity Council

  • Car Seat Promotion and Distribution Program

  • Green Space Directory

1998 - 1999

  • Dress For Success Lackawanna

  • Truancy Programs and Brochure

  • FIRST Publicity Program and Anniversary Event

  • Regional Image Campaign with EDCNP

1997 - 1998

  • The Everhart Museum’s Gateway Landscaping Project

  • Cultural Diversity Seminars

  • Scranton Tomorrow Web Page

  • Employment/Economic Development Web Page With Wilkes-Barre Program

1996 - 1997

  • Scranton Tomorrow Marketing Brochure

  • Literacy/Educational Skills Enhancement Program/Day Care Directory

  • Recycling For A Cause (Dialysis Patients’ Association)

  • Mulberry Central Neighborhood Development Corporation Brochure

1995 - 1996

  • Arbor Day/Environment Project

  • What’s-Special-About-Me Poster Contest

  • Mulberry Central Neighborhood Development Corporation Publicity/Fund Raising Campaign

  • Mentoring Program/Education Series

1994 - 1995

  • Real Life 101: Career Skills Training Program

  • Project HOPE Mentor Program

  • Stress Management for Parents Program

  • Community Pride Essay Contest

  • Health Promotion Program

1993 - 1994

  • "For the Youth" - Personal Safety Seminar

  • Habitat for Humanity Long-Term Fund Raising Strategy

  • Wildflower Planting Project

  • “Money Matters” Program

1992 - 1993

  • “Odyssey of the Mind” Problem: “Butt Out”

  • Everhart Museum Projects:
    - Publicity/Membership Campaign
    - Community Board Development

  • Grade School Wellness Program

  • Migrant Health Care Program

1991 - 1992

  • Publicity Campaign for The Scranton Cultural Center’s Fund Drive

  • Leadership Training Module - Teaching Creative Problem Solving Skills

  • Santa Parade Manual and Coordination

  • “Home Alone/Latch Key” Brochure

1990 - 1991

  • Publicity Campaign for The Lackawanna Valley Heritage Park Study

  • Pediatric Art Project

  • Lackawanna River Corridor Brochure

  • Education Brochure and Speakers’ Bureau on Math/Science Careers

1989 - 1990

  • Tutor Program

  • Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Reading Program

  • Community Awareness Conference


  • Volunteer Board Bank

  • Recycling Calendar

  • Seniorama

  • Youth/Career Counseling Program

1987 - 1988

  • Leadership Lackawanna Promotion (Color Brochure and Lapel Pin)

  • Environment Video

  • Youth Services Speakers’ Bureau

  • Transportation/Social Services Seminar