Delayed Leadership for Five Seasons Class Project Still Has a Big Impact on Local Nonprofit

Aug 25, 2020

The Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Adult Class of 2020 finished with an unusual end to the experience on Friday, July 26 - seven weeks later than normal after having to be rescheduled to follow public health guidelines. The traditional class volunteer project that caps the program year was modified due to health and safety precautions, but still kept the focus on community betterment. The class chose to volunteer with Feed Iowa First, an organization combating local food insecurity, with some members committing six hours of volunteer time to the organization at a later date.

The class spent their time in several small groups, tending to Feed Iowa Firsts’ gardens throughout the city, including tasks like weeding, picking produce and general maintenance of the gardens. Another small group worked to build wooden caps for a Feed Iowa First greenhouse and adding new watering shelving units. In all, the LFS class of 2020 donated more than 210 volunteer hours to Feed Iowa First.

The Class of 2020 canceled their planned Trivia Night fundraiser, funds of which would have support Feed Iowa First. While individual tickets and groups were refunded, sponsors were asked if they would like to donate their support to the class’ end of year project instead. Despite not being able to hold the event, the class was able to raise $15,500 thanks to the generous support of our business community.

Feed Iowa First

By partnering with schools, faith organizations, community agencies and corporations of all sizes, Feed Iowa First finds open spaces to grow fresh produce that is harvested to supply nutritious food to those in need. In 2017, Feed Iowa First donated more than 38,000 pounds of fresh produce to pantries across Linn County. Feed Iowa First also helps support new farmers through training and investments ensuring the next generation of farmers and food production.

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the Class of 2020 volunteer project including CarePro Health Services, Pearson, Cargill, United Fire Group, F&M Bank, TrueNorth Companies, Transamerica, de Novo Marketing, OPN Architects, Frontier Co-Op, Acumen, New Covenant Bible Church and Van Meter. Thank you also to Atkins Lumber for in-kind donations of materials for the project.

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