Leadership Eastside Serve our Community Contest

Leadership Eastside offers expertise and labor to winner of new contest

To help nonprofit organizations whose budgets and staff are stretched to the max, Leadership Eastside recently announced an innovative new contest. The prize: ninety hours of donated expertise and labor from the Eastside's premier community leadership program.

The winning nonprofit will receive the help of more than 30 graduates or friends of Leadership Eastside in the inaugural “Serve Our Community” contest. The concentrated effort from experienced professionals is expected to help the selected organization better fulfill its mission by tackling a project that might otherwise not be done for lack of staffing.

Leadership Eastside will choose a nonprofit based on how significant a difference the completed project would make on the community. The leadership group’s talents range from organizing to order fulfillment to single day teaching to painting.

More than 30 graduates of Leadership Eastside recently demonstrated their combined skills when they helped Hopelink organize its new 18,700-square-foot food center in Kirkland. The project helped Hopelink pilot a food bank based on a grocery store model of distribution.

Donating time and expertise is one way Leadership Eastside plans to show appreciation to local nonprofits for improving the community, according to the organization’s leaders.

The contest is open to all 501(c)(3) organizations on the Eastside. To enter online, go to http://www.leadershipeastside.com/alumni/home.html.  Entry deadline is 5 p.m. on November 1, 2010.

For more information, contact Stuart Linscott at stuartlinscott@umpquabank.com.