LBC Adult Alumni
Leadership Alumni Launches Newest Campaign
Each year, the Leadership Blair County Alumni of the Chamber initiate a cause that helps someone in the local community. For eight years, that cause was “Basket of Hope.” In the 2019, the Alumni has switched direction and has created a program known as “guaran.teez.” The goal is to raise enough funds to purchase 1,600 t-shirts for the 400 students enrolled at Penn Lincoln School in Altoona. Penn Lincoln’s community is economically disadvantaged and the guaran.teez program is designed to help students gain a greater sense of community while at the same time combatting the stigma of the haves and have-nots. Donations to this program will be accepted through August 2nd. Each shirt costs $5.00. Each $20 donation will allow donors to “adopt” a child and to provide them with clean shirts throughout the week. The LBC Alumni will match each donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500. Checks should be made to: Blair County Chamber Foundation and can be mailed or dropped off at the Blair County Chamber Office, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona, PA, 16602.
Graduates of the Chamber's Leadership Blair County (LBC) Adult program continue their Servant Leadership journey through their support of Leadership Blair County Alumni projects, as well as, personally volunteering for boards and organizations that have touched their hearts.
LBC Alumni has established the following programs that continue to give back to Blair County:
Basket of Hope is a signature project benefitting organizations and individuals throughout Blair County and is in its 8th year. Donations of medical supplies and personal items will be accepted to be given to Through Medical Clinic in East Freedom and the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home. The recipients of your generosity are those who are either uninsured or who have sacrificed much for our country. A list of suggested items can be found below. Donate just one item or fill a basket. Collections within organizations and the community are conducted during the month of August with donations being accepted at the Chamber office on August 28-31. In the first seven years the Alumni collected a total of 900 baskets, $13,230 cash, and gift cards.
In keeping with its Mission Statement, the Alumni of Leadership Blair County are committed to Community Service through Servant Leadership. A new initiative was started in 2014, WeCare Blair County...Helping with the journey. A process was developed which allows for the presentation of a grant (s) to a non –profit organization (s) in Blair County in which a dues-paying alum volunteers. The amount is based each year on 10% of the treasury balance.
Since 2011, LBC Alumni has assisted the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation with the Spirit of Christmas Parade in Downtown Altoona. Alumni are involved in the staging of the parade divisions and then help with crowd control for everyone’s safety.
Since 1996, the Alumni has been providing scholarship monies for individuals who are interested in applying for the Leadership Blair County Adult program but do not have sufficient funds to cover all of the tuition. These scholarships are a source of great pride to the members of the Alumni.
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