Nearly two decades ago, local community leaders from both the business and nonprofit sectors joined forces in Leadership Chester County to address community needs, writes Krystine Sipple for Generocity.
LCC is a program of the United Way of Chester County delivered in partnership with the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and West Chester University. It is a leadership course that focuses on nonprofit governance and Chester County issues.
The goal of the program is to provide the leaders of local nonprofits with business knowledge and methods of good governance for their boards to ensure sustainability. Also, community members who participate in the program are able to find concrete and constructive ways to help those who need it the most.
“One thing I hear over and over from participants is how the program moves people to participate in important issues in their community,” said Mary Anne Feeley, LCC Director.
The program uses bus tours through Chester County and a poverty simulator to teach board members about the real but often hidden needs in the local community. The latter is an interactive session in which LCC class members experience first-hand the numerous challenges faced daily by people with low income.
Read more about Leadership Chester County at Generocity here.