Community Members Needed for Leadership Development Initiative

WASHINGTON, PA (July 28, 2011)—The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has announced funding for the Greater Washington Civic Leadership Initiative, a new collaboration between the communities of  the Borough of East Washington, the City of Washington, and Washington & Jefferson College.

The goal is to create a network of leaders who can act together to make progress toward a positive vision for Greater Washington, and will build upon ideas anticipated in 2002’s Blueprint for Collaboration, also funded by Benedum.

To support the initiative, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh, has been selected to design and facilitate a civic leadership institute. Beginning in December, up to 20 participants will meet monthly to enhance their own skills as leaders, to identify ways to help the community and to engage others to implement projects that can benefit Greater Washington. These volunteers will continue to work together until at least early 2013 and will be challenged to make a longer-term commitment.

Participation in the institute is open to the entire community; any individual may apply to be a participant or nominate someone whom they believe would be an ideal candidate.

Application and nomination information is available from Misti McKeehen at The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh, at or by phone at 412-258-2676. W&J will administer the grant.

“The Benedum Foundation chose to fund this initiative because they believe so strongly in the community of Greater Washington, and Coro Pittsburgh was asked to conduct the leadership development institute because of its proven success in supporting leaders and providing resources to mobilize community members and improve the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. The College is excited to be a part of this initiative,” W&J President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., said. 

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation’s mission is to encourage human development in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania through strategically placed charitable resources. The Foundation seeks opportunities to cultivate the creativity of people and communities and to nurture leadership with the communities they serve, participating in leadership when it adds value. The Foundation places significance on funding leadership development, activities that engage diverse groups of citizens in the life of the community and efforts that help communities organize, plan, and implement ambitious but achievable improvement strategies.

Because of its interests, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is the perfect partner for a community-centered leadership initiative in Greater Washington.