Each class undertakes a significant project to meet a need, based on an organizational or community issue. The class contributes time and energy to one or more projects and hands-on community service projects are often the focus. The project experience helps to prepare participants for future leadership activities by creating a sense of collective efficacy, e.g. “Together, we can make a difference.”
Class projects provide participants with an opportunity to practice team leadership, project planning and group management skills, while enabling participants to develop stronger relationships with their fellow class members.
Over the years, Leadership Douglas County has touched the lives of hundreds of people in Douglas County. Here is a sampling of previous projects:
Praying Hands Ranch II – The Class of 2016 chose to support Praying Hands Ranches. Their partnership with the organization helped to expand the “Victory for Veterans” program, serving those with combat-related incidents. The class built a fence with accessible gates, along with garden planter boxes used in activities to help rehabilitate wounded veterans.
Click here to read an article published by Praying Hands Ranch.
- Bronze LDC Alumni Plaque– in Douglas County building
- Women’s Crisis Center Fundraising – Raised $10,000
- Oral History Project for the Douglas County Libraries (2008) – Recorded the oral histories of nine Douglas County citizens for the archives of the Douglas County History Research. Nine two-member teams captured on tape the recounted stories of our community’s history as told by local residents. The oral histories documented the growth and changes that occurred during the twentieth-century that impacted our county’s schools, art & architecture, economics, ranching & agriculture, open space, fire departments, homesteads, and law enforcement. Recorded interviews and transcripts are preserved by archivists at the Douglas County History Research Center and are available online.
- Comfort Closet– Solicited donations, purchased a wood and glass cabinet and filled it with items that long-term patients might enjoy: blankets, DVD player, walkman, spiritual books, etc. Housed the closet at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Sky Ridge committed to replenish the closet as needed.
- Established the LDC Alumni Association and LeadershipDouglasCounty.org (LDCAA-2009)
- Human Needs Assessment for Douglas County (2010-white paper)
- Open Space Project (2011)
- Military/Vets Employment Expo (2012)
- Y.E.S.S. Suicide Prevention Program Fundraising (2013) – raised over $25,000.
- Oakwood Senior Apartments/Castle Rock (2014) –remodeled Community Room
- AED Project for Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (2014)— purchased 3 AEDs for patrol cars, doubling the number of cars with equipment, and providing officers—often the first responders to remote areas of Douglas County— with faster access to the lifesaving device.
- Douglas Elbert Task Force (2015) – provided furnishings for remodeling of client services area.