Members of each Leadership Duluth class are asked to coordinate and execute a service project during their program year. The service project portion of the curriculum is meant to expose Leadership Duluth class members to the various social challenges that affect our community. Class members will be tasked with identifying a cause, organization, and team to work with to create change.The projects should positively impact the community and involve bringing together various organizational sectors including public, private and voluntary, to join forces and explore opportunities.
Past Service Projects
Over the past 30 years, a variety of projects have helped our leaders make an impact on the community. Here is a glimpse at the impressive work that has been done through the Leadership Duluth program.
Damiano Dining Hall Gets a New Look
Members from Leadership Duluth’s class of 2017 Jason Hale, Diane Tobin, Dana Mattice and Phil McLoughlin became inspired following the tour of the Damiano Center dining hall during the Human and Community services day and decided to give the room a new look for their project. The team secured donations from Diamond Vogel Paints and volunteers from Duluth Painters, Allied Trades as well as Swanson and Youngdale who transformed the room’s white walls to teal. The project ensures that those who are in need of utilizing free meals are
welcomed by the warmth of the emergency meal provider’s community space.
Finding Comfort during Difficult Times
In April of 2016 Leadership Duluth class members; Leah Bryne, Jenna Warmuth, Julie Zaruba-Fountaine, Bradley Flynn, Jonathan Otis, Marla Halverson and Janet Fawcett delivered more than 200 comfort kits to CHUM Homeless Shelter for children and their families. Each kit comprised of a small backpack, blanket, flashlight, and game, to help the children staying at the shelter feel more at home.
Making Outdoor Activities Accessible to All
In 2017 class members Machelle Lind, Nathan Eisenbarth, Seth Matthews and Tom Rice hosted an unbelievable golf scrabble in support of Positive Energy Outdoors an organization that focuses on making outdoor activities accessible for all families. The team met regularly and spent countless hours coordinating auction items, creating fundraising games, organizing the event and securing teams and sponsorships.
All of their efforts truly payed off when they delivered a $30,000
check to the local non-profit organization.
Diving into Community Service
During the 2017 Leadership Duluth program year class members; Kaitlyn Beise, Aimee Curtis, Sarah M. Priest, Juhl Halvorson, Elizabeth Peak, Amanda Kasperson, Patrick Hughley and Ali Comnick took their service project assignment to the next level. The team crushed the expectation of completing one service project by volunteering and supporting numerous events throughout the program year. Highlights from this ambitious group’s community service include: Serving breakfast and cleaning up following the Martin Luther King Jr.parade, provided clean up and dish washing at the Nepali Dinner a benefit supporting PAVSA, packing boxes for seniors at Second Harvest Food Bank, washed windows, checked smoke detectors, changed light bulbs and painted a deck for an Age Well Arrowhead client, and attended the Day of Remembrance at the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial. This group logged over 70 hours of volunteer work throughout the Duluth community.
For the past seven years Leadership Duluth class members, have provided Thanksgiving turkeys and meal neccessities to hundreds of families who otherwise might go without. They helped stock the shelves of the CHUM Food Shelf to ensure all families have the opportunity to give thanks and provide a meal for their loved ones.