The Leadership Lackawanna Core program Class of 2016-2017 will complete three service projects this year. As part of the 10-month curriculum, participants collaborate with local nonprofit organizations to complete various projects. In doing so, it helps enhance participant leadership skills and fosters teamwork. These projects impact the community, address a need and result in a tangible end product. The projects this year will benefit:

1. Artists For Art (AFA) Gallery: The Leadership Lackawanna class of 2017 is reintroducing AFA to Northeast PA. As we approach AFA Gallery’s 29th birthday, we plan to present a fresh new look, engage a whole new audience and celebrate “the visual arts” though an exciting community event. The rebranding/birthday party will take place Saturday, April 22nd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503. Join us for lite hors d'oeuvr’s and dessert(s), wine/ beverages, entertainment and of course birthday cake as the Leadership Lackawanna debuts new marketing material, membership information and more. This event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. The event is free.

2. Friends of the Poor: Leadership Lackawanna Core Program participants will help market the Friends of the Poor’s new “Need a Ride?” program, which provides free transportation to and from medical appointments to Carbondale residents who can safely ride in a minivan. The program will be marketed to potential drivers, health care professionals and potential clients. Leadership Lackawanna will also help create an electronic data gathering system that the Friends of the Poor will be able utilize for the daily administration of the program.

3. Saint Joseph's Center: Leadership Lackawanna Core Program participants will assist with marketing the center's First Home Program, which assists mothers from Walsh Manor and the Mother/Infant Program when they move into permanent housing. Leadership Lackawanna will create marketing materials, organize and implement a volunteer team campaign and create a social media based inventory/collection system for the First Home Program. The social media based Foster Furniture Club will assist in maintaining the program's furniture inventory, requesting members to seek out, transform and store quality home goods for the Program.

Would you like to financially support a Leadership Lackawanna class project? We currently accept PayPal donations for SEVERAL different areas of interest - including the three class projects. Please click on the Donate link below. You MUST indicate your "donation type" by writing it in the designated box when checking out.