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Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Community Impact Exceeds $30,000

Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2017 participants assisted with the marketing of the Friends of the Poor’s new “Need a Ride?” program. From left: Scott Winschuh, Leadership Lackawanna; Sister Ann Walsh, IHM, Friends of the Poor; Nicole Morristell, director, Leadership Lackawanna; Jennifer Young, Leadership Lackawanna; Sister Terry O’Rourke, IHM, Friends of the Poor; Angela Berardelli, Leadership Lackawanna; and Leanna Skaluba, Leadership Lackawanna.

Graduates of Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program Class of 2017 recently completed three service projects that raised more than $30,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

As part of the 10-month curriculum, Core Program participants collaborate with local non-profit organizations to complete various projects that impact the community, address a need and result in a tangible end product.

“Ultimately, the purpose of our projects is leadership and community engagement,” said Nicole A. Morristell, director, Leadership Lackawanna. “The outcomes, as indicated by the accomplishments of the Class of 2017, have proven this. I am thrilled about the impact our projects have had on our region. Raising $30,000 that stays local is something to be proud of.”

The projects are:

  • 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 created an electronic data gathering system that the Friends of the Poor will be able use 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. Participants created marketing materials, organized and implemented a volunteer team campaign and created 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.