Leadership Springfield, which has helped more than 800 people become community leaders through its offerings of seminars and community-based projects throughout central Illinois in the past 29 years, recently announced seven projects it will undertake in 2016.
Leadership Springfield participants are split into teams for community projects for which they use their creativity and problem-solving skills while helping area nonprofits.
One project Leadership Springfield will undertake is put in place strategies for the long-term support of the Elizabeth Ann Seton (EAS) Program, a multifaith organization that supports pregnant women and mothers of young children living on low incomes through mentoring, employment counseling, tutoring and other services.
The Leadership Springfield project's goal is to improve the program's financial stability while increasing public awareness and donations.
A second project is an initiative to get more volunteers in place for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. Participants will develop strategies for drawing volunteers to Habitat for Humanity and bumping the number of homes built annually to 10 from four over the next five years.
A third project will be developing Leadership Springfield's 30th anniversary magazine. Participants will work with the Leadership Springfield Advisory Board with research, content development and design of the publication.
A fourth project will benefit Sojourn Shelter & Services Inc.'s Letter Project. Participants will collect and organize into binders letters of encouragement for Sojourn's clients penned by domestic violence survivors.
The team for the fifth project will work on United Way of Central Illinois' 100+ Strong in Springfield initiative, working with United Way representatives to develop an event through which Springfield's residents can donate money to local charities.
The sixth project will be developing concepts and an app for Downtown Springfield Inc.'s “Walking Marketing Campaign,” the aim of which is to enhance the town's walkability.
The last project will benefit Henson Robinson Zoo and Springfield Zoological Society's African Penguin Exhibit with renovations.