Leadership Champlain, the Lake Champlain Chamber’s flagship workforce development program, is accepting Service Project proposals(link is external) from the region’s nonprofits and municipalities for the class of 2023. The deadline is April 18, 2022.
Every year, Leadership Champlain gathers a cohort of professionals from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to community leadership. The cohort explores Vermont’s political, economic, and cultural landscape through monthly seminars, tours, leader interviews, and a volunteer Service Project.
Six Service 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.
“This is a great opportunity for organizations to receive pro-bono assistance from a team of motivated and engaged professionals,” said Alex Bunten, Leadership Champlain program director. “It’s a great way to get fresh eyes on an old problem or new perspective on a future challenge. And at the end of the day, it’s a light lift for a big return.”
Recent projects have dealt with strategic planning, marketing issues, and communications but applications are open to any project with a community focus and defined scope.
Over 200 projects have been completed since Leadership Champlain was established in 1988. Each cohort contributes over 2,500 volunteer service hours to the selected Service Projects.
The Lake Champlain Chamber(link is external) powers prosperity in the Lake Champlain region through five distinct points: Seeking economic opportunity for all; Celebrating business ownership and entrepreneurship; Promoting a robust, diversified visitor economy; Cultivating community leadership; Nurturing emerging talent. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.lccvermont.org(link is external).