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  • In response to canceling Service Day in 2021, Leadership Westerville (LW) is introducing the second of two senior focused class projects, www.westervilleseniorresource.com , an online hub for services and resources available to senior citizens. Created and managed by members of the current Class of 2021 for LW, along with Westerville snow patrol launched in late February, this new online resource is just the beginning for this online resource. 


    "This year's Leadership Westerville class saw a need in our community and made something happen," said Matt Lofy, Executive Director. "Once we decided to cancel Service Day, we knew we wanted to help our seniors in some capacity so naturally we collaborated with the City and their Age Friendly Initiative to make sure we contributed. This is just the start for the community resource and our alumni committee will carry it beyond their graduation from our leadership program this year with more to come." 


    Current class participants will hand off the next steps of this resource to an alumni driven committee as LW looks to include more services and update information to the site on a quarterly basis. The focus of the site is centered on senior services and resources available within the Westerville City School District foot print, with some regional and state funded organizations included. 


    “This is far from complete,” added Lofy. “But this is a first step in providing an easy resource to better connect those in need to services provided locally. The class did a great job kicking off this project and addressed a large need identified in the City’s Age Friendly Initiative.” 


    To learn more about this resource or to discuss how your nonprofit could be included, contact Matt Lofy, Executive Director, by email or call (614) 882-8917.


    Our current Leadership Westerville class has kicked off a new community program focused on helping our senior citizen neighbors who live within the Westerville City School District called Westerville Snow Patrol. To visit our official Westerville Snow Patrol homepage to learn how to volunteer or if you quality for assistance click here.


    • Volunteers can sign up here. As you sign up to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer waiver on the page as well. 

    • Are you a senior in need or know a senior in need? Sign up online for volunteer service.


    All volunteers must sign waiver. Volunteers under the age of eighteen (18) must also have a parent or guardian sign this waiver. By signing, you understand that you are going to participate as a volunteer for Snow Patrol and understand that you are responsible for your behavior and actions. You will only perform volunteer work that you feel physically capable of performing. In consideration of acceptance as a participant in Leadership Westerville’s Snow Patrol, You hereby release Leadership Westerville and the Westerville Area Chamber as well as the recipient of the service for whom you perform work from any and all claims that may arise as a result of participation in the Westerville Snow Patrol.



    Looking ahead to Spring, Leadership Westerville and our Board of Directors have decided to cancel Service Day in 2021 due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and the amount of people involved in the day of serving our most vulnerable population.

    "Being faced with an unfortunate decision, we thought it was best to make the call to cancel now," says Executive Director Matt Lofy. "We don't want to take the chance to bringing strangers to the homes of seniors while we are all still at such a high risk."

    The majority of projects for Service Day involve indoor tasks such as Spring cleaning, moving heavy furniture and spending time with those who live alone. Even limiting to outside projects only presents other potential risks beginning with bringing strangers outside other's "circles" and having direct contact with volunteers.

    "Although we are forced to cancel, we are working hard to roll out two major projects focusing on providing services to our seniors and homebound neighbors within our Westerville City School District map," says Lofy.

    Service Day is typically a class project for participants within the Leadership Westerville program. The current class is working to bring two service projects to the community starting in January, when we hope to make initial announcements public of the services provided. Our hope is to host Service Day again in April 2022.

    For more information and to stay up to date on all Leadership Westerville programming announcements follow us on Instagram and Facebook. For direct questions email Matt Lofy, Executive Director, or call (614) 882-8917. 

    King's Dream Revisited Q&A

    On August 28, The Westerville Partnership hosted "King's Dream Revisited." Some questions were not able to be answered during the program and we now have posted the Q&A here. Didn't get to watch it live? You can view it now online


    Founded in 2001, Leadership Westerville values community collaboration by developing a dedicated group of civic leaders who understand key issues facing the community. Leadership Westerville provides an inviting opportunity that allows you to enhance your own skills to help you turn your vision for the community - and for yourself - into reality

    The Westerville Area Chamber, the City of Westerville, Westerville City Schools, Otterbein University, and the Westerville Public Library are working in partnership to offer Leadership Westerville. The goal of the program is to create a dedicated group of civic leaders who understand key issues facing the community. Each participant will be committed to cultivating the city's future through personal involvement and a willingness to serve.


    To develop multi-generational diverse leaders who serve the Westerville community.


    Establish a network of well-informed, committed, and involved citizens to advance the community in which they live. 


    The core values of Leadership Westerville are civic engagement, stewardship, and community collaboration. 


    We are pleased to announce a partnership between the Leadership Westerville board and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will serve in the capacity of manager for this program and perform, as needed the day-to-day management and operation of the Leadership Westerville programs and related activities.

    We look forward to working in collaboration and expanding our partnership with the Chamber.  We commit to continuing to bring a stellar leadership program to the greater Westerville community to develop leaders within their businesses and ready to serve to advance our community.  


    Information provided through this program is not intended as professional advice.  It is for educational purposes only.  Please consult your professional consultants for more information


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