Past CLI Group Projects

A significant component of the Community Leadership Institute program is learning about leadership, teamwork and collaboration through a community service project. Community Projects are meant to assist participants to develop their leadership skills and provide assistance to a community non-profit. Community Projects are an integral part of the curriculum of the six-month long program.

The projects provide opportunities for people to learn together, utilize their leadership skills, and create networks that support the development of community capacity and social capital. The term social capital refers to far more than just warm feelings about community and good works; it emphasizes a wide variety of specific benefits that flow from the trust, reciprocity, information, and cooperation associated with social networks. Social capital creates value for the people who are connected, and benefits others. These benefits include things like increased volunteerism, increased philanthropy, better directed and implanted corporate social responsibility programs, increased social participation, and better citizenship.

30 Guys in 30 Days

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands (BBBSCCI) works to match children who could benefit from a caring, additional, adult mentor. Early in 2018, BBBSCCI had 68 boys waiting for a Male Mentor. For our CLI project, our group helped support BBBSCCI during their “30 Guys in 30 days” campaign, which focused on attracting more male volunteers. Through our CLI Group efforts which include such outreach as tabling, social media marketing, print ads and email blasts we estimate we reach over 3,000 individuals helping to spread awareness of the BBBSCCI Program and their need for male mentors. Not only did BBBSCCI receive over 30 Male inquires in 30 days, the campaign was extended in order to meet 30 Matches in 30 days, an all-time agency record.

Feeding Falmouth’s Furry Friends

Our group partnered with the Falmouth Service Center (FSC), a non-profit organization that works with the community to educate, support and improve the quality of life for Upper Cape residents in need. A major component of the program is an extensive food pantry that clients may visit once every two weeks as needed. Our group approached FSC for volunteer opportunities and they proposed that we assist them with a targeted need. The FSC Executive Director, Brenda Swain explained that a large portion of the food pantry’s clients have pets that they are unable to adequately provide proper food for. We partnered with the service center, developed marketing materials, and scheduled and coordinated a two-day pet food drive at the Falmouth Stop & Shop. The pet food-drive not only generated a large amount of pet food to be sorted and donated to FSC clients, but also raised money through community member donations and helped to promote awareness of client’s needs.

The Clean Team

Our project was designed to assist the Family Pantry located within Cape Cod Community College, which is an extension of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod in Harwich. The mission of our project was first to raise awareness of the pantry and second to complete a toiletry drive to stock the pantry. The team set up various drop off locations to collect toiletry items as well as used our personal and professional networks to spread the word about the drive. The pantry will pass out the toiletry items to their clients when they come down to get their groceries for the week. The Clean Team volunteered during an informational fair held in the campus cafeteria promoting the different services available to students. We displayed some of the items raised during the drive and passed out flyers to students and faculty to inform them of what the pantry had to offer. Due to the amount of items collected the pantry put in additional industrial shelving to store the items for the next school year!

Youth Count Ambassadors

The Youth Count Ambassadors assisted the nonprofit organization Homeless Prevention Council of Cape Cod to expand the reach of their 2nd annual Youth Count. We met with Executive Director Hadley Luddy on several occasions to brainstorm outreach ideas to increase participation to Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. Ultimately, we contacted 34 youth-serving organizations across Cape and Islands where we dropped off and picked up paper surveys and flyers. We also partnered with Cape Cod Community College where we staffed tables equipped with laptops, engaging the students to take real time online surveys on three different days. The data collected will be used to better understand the needs of at-risk youth and, more importantly, increase funding and services available to this underserved population.

Partners for a Healthier Tomorrow

Our mission is to educate and aid our community on sun safety and the importance of sun protection and early detection. To achieve this goal, we partnered with The Glenna Kohl Fund to install two sunscreen dispensers along the bike path. Funds for the dispensers were donated by local businesses.