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Leadership Champlain is seeking service project proposals

Overview

Every year, Leadership Champlain gathers a cohort of 36 professionals from diverse backgrounds, with a commitment to community leadership. The cohort explores Vermont’s political, economic, and cultural landscape through monthly seminars, leader interviews, and a Service Project.

We are currently seeking Service Project proposals from the Lake Champlain region’s municipalities and non-profit organizations for the program year 2022-2023. 

Six (6) projects are typically chosen from the submitted proposals and a group of 5-6 cohort members work to complete the projects over a 9-month period from October to June. The Service Projects are designed to be a leadership learning experience for the participants and of meaningful benefit to the community organization.  

The service projects have been an integral part of the program since 1989, with over 200 projects completed and an annual contribution of over 2,500 volunteer service hours. 

Throughout the history of this program, these projects have made an in-kind impact of over $1.5 million to the Lake Champlain region.

group presenting their service project to the rest of the cohort from the Class of 2018

Recent projects

Projects completed in recent years include:

  • Assessment, research and advisement on client records, inventory, donation acquisition and product sourcing for the Colchester Community Food Shelf.  The Colchester Community Food Shelf is a Network Partner of the Vermont Foodbank, offering food for a discounted prices to help supplement food received from the community at large.
  • Development of an earned income plan for DREAM, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to close the opportunity gap for children in low-income housing through mentorship, summer enrichment, and college preparatory programming.
  • An internal strategy to streamline communication between staff at the varying geographical locations for Lund, a local nonprofit organization that works to break the cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse by supporting pregnant and parenting teens, young adults, and adoptive families.
  • A community perception assessment to help inform any changes in our programming approach for the Lake Champlain Chamber, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to support the local community by fostering entrepreneurship, developing leadership skills, and cultivating a network of empowered business and community leaders.  Leadership Champlain is the professional and workforce development program of the Lake Champlain Chamber.
  • Assess strategies to increase visitation to the Birds of Vermont Museum and develop a communications and marketing plan that will support this growth.
  • Research and make recommendations on how Sara Holbrook Community Center could best utilize their new building as a community space and generate earned income.
  • Design an innovative pilot program for the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) that helps people find jobs close to home (aka “Short Commute Network”), including the design and metrics for implementation and evaluable, potentially
    utilizing one or more CATMA members as a pilot if appropriate.

Submit a Proposal

Service project proposals for the Class of 2022-2023 are due April 18, 2022 at 5 p.m. 

If you know an organization with an outstanding project that would like to be considered as a service project partner for the Class of 2023, please contact Alex Bunten, Leadership Champlain Program Director.