The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) class of 2023, chose My Turn, Inc. of Fitchburg as a community service project for the holiday season. Since 1984 My Turn, Inc. has focused on “the forgotten half”, the economically, socially and educationally disadvantaged youth in poorer neighborhoods and communities. There are currently, 35 individuals actively participating in this program.
A group from the CLI class of 2023 organized the fundraiser and set a goal of $4,000 in order to purchase items for the participants for the holiday season. With a “gofundme” campaign and donations from Fidelity Bank, Leominster Credit Union, IC Credit Union, Rollstone Bank, Enterprise Bank and AIS a total of $4,099.95 was raised in just 3 weeks!
On Friday, December 16th, several individuals from the CLI class gathered to wrap gifts to prepare for drop off at My Turn. With the generous donations, we were able to purchase items in need such as grocery and gas gift cards, warm winter attire, blankets, phone chargers, hygiene products, and much more. The gifts were delivered to My Turn where manager of north central Massachusetts Programs, Nicole Conroy, expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the endless bags of gifts we put under the tree, “All that you all have done is so very appreciated. The students were all so appreciative. I had two in tears over the thoughtfulness and generosity. These are all low income, young moms who go without so they can provide toys for their kids at Christmas. It was incredible for them to receive items for them”.
To learn more about the Community Leadership Institute contact Kat Deal at firstname.lastname@example.org