Service Projects

Background Information

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.

2020-2021 Service Projects

Clothing Donation

Class members, Sarah, Hal, Bri, Ellie, Lori, Morgana and Bailey welcomed 5 different local non-profits including Safe Haven, PAVSA, CASDA, Bethel and Community Action Duluth to shop for free for donated maurices clothing. They also provided goodie bags that feature donations from local organizations like St. Luke’s and Star Base. They welcomed over 75 women throughout the donation shopping day who walked away with brand new clothing for local women in need. Congrats to this amazing team of leaders!


Northland Critter Cares

Class Members Rachel, Richard and Kerry Jo created The Northland Critter Cares service project in an effort to support the pets of local residents in need. The team coordinated a drive that produced 904lbs of dog food, 204 of cat food and 113lbs of cat litter. These donations are critical to community members who have fallen on hard times and are unable to provide for their beloved pets. This team received well deserved media attention for their efforts. Great job to this small but mighty team.


Get Outdoors

Class Members Rachel, Stephanie, Shane, Krystal, Allison and Jason focused on the great outdoors for their service project. They partnered with the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation department to coordinate a get outdoors event on June 12th, the National Get Outdoors Day, that encouraged families to participate in outdoor scavenger hunts and explore the many beautiful trails of Duluth. The team raised $1500 in sponsorships to provide games prizes at the offering.


Racial Equity

Class members Robin, Laura, Jordon, Kala, Amanda and Stacey formed a service project around racial equity which set out to listen, learn and act to better understand how business leaders and chamber members can support diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. As a group, they participated in a series of listening and learning opportunities, meeting with BIPOC business leaders.  Several members of their group attended the UMD Racial Equity Summit, as well as other DE&I training opportunities. Through listening & relationship building, they were invited by the Duluth African Heritage Hub to coordinate sponsorships for a Duluth area BIPOC healing summit taking place late 2021, with a budget of $25,000. This group also plans to work with Martha and the Steering Committee to bring in more BIPOC speakers and diversity topics to the Leadership Duluth program. This team’s work is only beginning and the Leadership Duluth program is excited to engage in their efforts.


Damiano Center Painting Project

Class members Ben, Bud, Tony, Jesse, Justin, Hannah, Scott Prom and Scott Kishel were inspired to support the Damiano Center after our tour last October. The team met prior to virtual Leadership Duluth sessions to give the upstairs level of the property a new look. They painted the entire floor including adding the Damiano Center logo near the Clothes That Work room. This ambitious team also took on a second service project in support of New Hope for Families. Great work from this awesome team.


Chum Yums

Class members Mary, Jonathan, Jeff, Kristy and Eric were inspired to find a solution to an issue the CHUM food shelf had been facing with returned unused items from their distributed food donation boxes that would need to be repacked and redistributed to local families in need. Upon further discussion the team found that the issue CHUM was facing was not that the families did not need the items that were being returned but, that they simply did not know how to utilize the contents in the CHUM food boxes. This sparked their idea for CHUM YUMS an initiative that engages local chef’s and organizations to create you tube cooking videos and quick recipe cards that can be included in the regularly distributed CHUM food donation boxes providing families in need with step-by-step guidance and dinner inspiration for the items they receive. Cheers to this team for their ability to think outside the box to provide a solution to a tricky problem.