A great way to connect with your community is to become a member of your local chamber of commerce. Washington Youth Soccer is a member of both the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the latter of which covers the greater Seattle area. There are many benefits to being a member of a chamber: our organization is listed in their directory; we receive online newsletters with information about upcoming opportunities on topics ranging from staff/board training to grants and other types of funding; networking events can introduce our organization to other chamber members for partnership/sponsorship opportunities; and we receive an overview of issues facing the local communities, making us more effective at understanding our membership in those areas.
One of the emails we received this afternoon from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce contained an opportunity for nonprofits to create a project for local leaders to collaborate on for the benefit of the organization and community through Leadership Tomorrow Seattle. Leadership Tomorrow Seattle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is “to develop effective community leaders who work to strengthen our region.” The Leadership Tomorrow Seattle chapter provides education and opportunities for emerging leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sector over a nine-month period. One of the methods of connecting these leaders to their community is through the Applying Leadership Lab. Small groups are given a community project to develop for a local nonprofit that provides a real world situation to practice the skills accumulated during the Leadership Tomorrow Seattle program.
If your Club or Association has a community project idea that you would like to be considered for Leadership Tomorrow Seattle, the 2012 program is accepting requests for proposals (RFP) until 5pm next Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The application is one page and you can list up to 3 ideas for projects, with only a paragraph or 2 needed for a description of each idea. You can read examples of past projects to see if your organization’s project might be eligible for the Leadership Tomorrow Seattle program. Organizations will be notified between Mid-November and December about the status of their proposal.
For more information on Leadership Tomorrow Seattle, click here. If you have any questions on the program or the process for applying, feel free to contact Leadership Tomorrow Seattle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck and let us know if you apply!