Each year, the Leadership Champlain cohort work in groups to complete six service projects for local non-profit organizations and municipalities. These groups offer their partnering organization the power of their diverse expertise and backgrounds to complete their selected project efficiently and excellently. These projects are designed to be a leadership learning experience for the participants and a meaningful benefit to the community.
Over the past three decades, Leadership Champlain has organized, guided, and overseen the successful completion of over 200 service projects. Since Leadership Champlain’s inception, these projects have made an in-kind impact of over $1.5 million to the Lake Champlain region through a yearly total of over 2,100 volunteer service hours.
Project proposals should be designed with the understanding that the Leadership Champlain class is comprised of talented and professionally accomplished individuals. It is our priority to make these projects a relatively low lift for the participating non-profit organizations.
Projects completed in recent years include:
- Market research into community awareness and perception of Cathedral Square, a nonprofit organization founded right here in Burlington in 1977 with a mission to advance “health homes, caring communities and positive aging.” Cathedral Square is a national leader in the development of affordable, service-enriched housing communities for older adults and people with disabilities and other special needs.
- 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.
- Strategic communications plan to raise program awareness for JUMP, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people by providing spiritual care, direct assistance to meet basic needs, and advocacy.
- 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.
- Develop a Burlington Rotary Club survival plan by conducting an analysis of current community perception of the organization; developing a strategy for outreach and membership development; making recommendations for branding, community service and public relations; and developing a 25-year strategic plan.
- Gather information about brand awareness and community perception of Vermont Catholic Charities and provide recommendations on how to market and communicate the agency’s impact.
- 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.
Service project proposals for the Class of 2022 are due April 19th, 2021.
If you know an organization with an outstanding project that would like to be considered as a service project partner for the Class of 2022, please contact Tori Colarusso, Leadership Champlain Program Director.