The community benefits from Leadership Greater Hartford’s growing corps of dedicated leaders, volunteers and supporters, each of whom gains a better understanding of others’ perspectives and of regional issues. Leadership Greater Hartford graduates and members act to improve the quality of life in their communities by:
- Serving on hundreds of nonprofit boards of directors;
- Running for political office at the town, city and state level;
- Bridging political, economic and geographic differences, via the Leadership Greater Hartford network to address regional issues cooperatively;
- Supporting area nonprofits through volunteer projects and hands-on activities; and
- Mentoring youth and other emerging leaders.
The list of projects undertaken by Leadership Greater Hartford, its task forces and its graduates is long and varied. Significant contributions include the following:
- The refurbishing of Lozada Park, a playground in one of Hartford’s poorest neighborhoods.
- The creation of “Readers as Leaders,” a literacy program that links middle schoolers with beginning readers.
- Furnishing 30 transitional living units for women and children at My Sister’s Place.
- Publication of guidebooks that promote the city’s neighborhoods and treasures.
- Design and installation of a downtown sculpture, “Harvest Gate,” to encourage continuing commitments to solve hunger.
- Customized leadership development programs for youth, retirees, parents, Latinos, and neighborhood residents.