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Leadership Lackawanna Project Impact Exceeds $44,000

This year’s Leadership Lackawanna Core Program graduates recently completed four service projects that raised more than $44,000 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 2018, have proven this. I am thrilled about the impact our projects have had on our region. Raising more than $44,000 that stays local is something to be proud of.”

The projects are:

  • 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 had 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” event that celebrated local heritage. This free, family-friendly community event was held at the Olive Street Trailhead along the Downtown Scranton Riverwalk on Saturday, April 28, and contained various exhibits, activities and performances, like historically relevant song and dance from a local theater 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. The team revitalized and refurbished the pavilion and completed various landscaping tasks.
  • The Farmhouse Sanctuary: Founded in 2016, this farmed animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary asked Leadership Lackawanna to replace a small bridge and enhance their walking trails, as well as create a meditation area on the property.
    About The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
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About Leadership Lackawanna
Leadership Lackawanna is northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community leadership and professional development organization. Its three areas – Core, Executive and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – enhance the skills and knowledge of emerging and advanced professionals, enabling them to better serve in their organization and communities.  Established in 1982, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,000 community leaders. For more information, visit leadershiplackawanna.com.