One of my favorite quotes is, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time,” Marian Wright Edelman. Yesterday we lit the service flame as this year’s Leadership Saint Paul cohort completed their final service projects. The ten months consuming information regarding the inner workings of the East Metro; health care, criminal justice, human services, education, economic development, media and communication, arts and entertainment also include working with a local non-profit to provide high level consulting and service. This year’s recipients were Catholic Charities, American Red Cross Blood Services, Arc Value Village, Junior League of Saint Paul, Ronal McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest, Bolder Options, Karen Organization of Minnesota, Tech Dump, and the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation. It was an incredible learning opportunity for participants to give of their time and talents and make a difference within these organizations. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to connect leaders in our community with people who are making a difference in the lives of others. Thank you to the non-profits for your investment of time in creating opportunities for leaders to serve. Thank you to leaders who so often are pulled in many directions but give so selflessly to ensure those less fortunate have more.
This year Leadership Saint Paul ended their experience with a service learning opportunity to support the Kids in Need Foundation. Their mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. Nine, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce members sponsored groups to purchase school supplies for Kids in Need and the results were exponential. We found local businesses willing to donate reams of paper for teachers that have to purchase their own printer paper due to lack of school funding. We found churches like Open Door Evangelistic World Ministries willing to donate backpacks, the Minnesota Wild, PCL Construction, Pioneer Press, Allegra downtown St. Paul, and many other generous local companies stepped up to donate.
It is a privilege to be a part of a community that gives.
Leadership Saint Paul, may your service flames become torches so you may ignite others to serve.
Thank you to these nine sponsors, your kindness will not be forgotten.
Lethert, Skwira Schultz and Co
Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen, and Russ P.A.
Roseville Visitors Association
Weinhagen Tire and Auto Service
Thank you Summit Brewing Co. for supporting Leadership Saint Paul and for hosting us.
Please connect with me if you are interested in exploring service opportunities with Leadership Saint Paul or participating in Leadership Saint Paul. Elisa@saintpaulchamber.com