MCLP participants engage in eight-month leadership journey beginning in July each year. Throughout this journey, MCLP promotes its philosophy that community involvement is not an option for leaders – it is a fundamental responsibility and key leadership competence.

One element of the program that reinforces the learning around community involvement and team-building is the completion of a community project for a non-profit agency whereby the participants can make a difference for a non-profit organization while practicing their skills in a safe learning environment. In addition, participants will begin to learn about non-profit organizational structures and nuances of community-based organization versus a for-profit or bottom-line driven corporation.

Class of 2019 applications are due on June 18 and are available here:

Community service projects have been completed for the following non-profit partners:

2019 Community Projects

2018 Community Projects

  • Bloomington Public Library
    • Increase awareness of the online services and mobile services offered by the library, as well as increase the number of active card users, specifically in underserved areas of the community
  • Heartland Head Start
    • Create an efficient, functioning volunteer scheduling system, and to simplify and streamline the volunteer application process
  • Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation
    • Develop an “Attack Asthma” camp for children under age 12, in order to help reduce the need and number of medical visits necessitated by asthma attacks
  • University of Illinois Extension
    • Grow the community’s awareness of the U of I and the Town of Normal’s Food Forest by creating an outreach plan, developing resources for visitors to the forest, and establishing an ongoing measurement plan to measure usage
  • Western Avenue Community Center
    • Create a plan to expand the existing Cinco de Mayo event in order to increase the potential income capacity

2017 Community Projects

2016 Community Projects

2015 Community Projects

  • Challenger Learning Center
    • Develop and execute a plan to enhance fundraising efforts of the Challenger Learning Center in order to continue to serve area K-12 schools as it faces decreased funding.
  • Community Health Care Clinic
    • Help Community Health Care Clinic assess the feasibility of expanding its free medical care services to include dental and oral health services.
  • Immanuel Health Center
  • Work with Immanuel Health Center to generate and nurture lasting partnerships to allow Immanuel to continue to promote health and wholeness in our community.
  • Meadows at Mercy Creek
    • Develop an employee wellness program for the employees at Meadows at Mercy Creek.
  • Prairie Pride Coalition
    • Work with the Prairie Pride Coalition to assess the needs of the LGBT community of McLean County and develop a strategic plan to meet those needs.

2014 Community Projects

  • The Baby Fold
    • Research and determine available sources of funding to provide for long-term viability and sustainability of the Healthy Start program.
  • Community Cancer Center
    • Educate Community Cancer Center staff on cultural sensitivity and cultural differences between the U.S. and India. Provide recommendations for outreach to the Bloomington-Normal Asian Indian community.
  • Faith in Action
    • Develop a business plan to increase Faith in Action’s diversity among the board of directors, volunteers, care receivers, faith based groups, and partnering organizations.
  • Heartland Head Start
    • Increase the awareness of Heartland Head Start’s comprehensive community services, partners and families, and to increase recruitment of families into the program.
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival
    • Provide Illinois Shakespeare Festival with information and recommendations on how to diversify its audience to reflect McLean County’s demographics.

2013 Community Projects

  • Autism Society of McLean County
    • Design an Employment Mentoring Program for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in order to help individuals with ASD develop social/business networking skills and relationships and increase their employability and access to local employment opportunities.
  • Center for Youth and Family Solutions
    • Implement a marketing plan, including Community Outreach, Media Outreach, Fundraising, and Sustainability, in order to improve public awareness and increase financial support from the community.
  • David Davis Mansion
    • Create a marketing plan for David Davis Mansion and increase funding for the Foundation’s endowment fund.
  • Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation
    • Evaluate its Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program in Bloomington-Normal by researching issues and challenges facing widespread AED adoption and write a final detailed report with findings and recommendations for future program implementations.
  • Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women
    • Build community awareness of Labyrinth and its services by creating and implementing a three-pronged effort of 1) building bridges, 2) media connections, and 3) branding and marketing.

 2012 Community Projects

  • Community Health Care Clinic
    • Quantitatively describe the value that CHCC provides to the community by creating a document that narrates cost savings analysis and a potential social return on investment framework.
  • Ecology Action Center
    • Increase outreach and environment education within underserved areas of the community and increase awareness about the importance of recycling.
  • Habitat for Humanity of McLean County
    • Develop a marketing plan to help expand advocacy and awareness of Habitat for Humanity throughout McLean County by increasing volunteers, donors, and prospective clients.
  • Heartland Head Start
    • Restructure the “Abriendo Puertas” 10-session curriculum into four focused sessions by identifying the content that would be most useful to Head Start parents and identifying community resources to include in the curriculum to make it more meaningful to parents.
  • Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
    • Enhance the use of technology to improve outreach and effectiveness with existing donors and to widen and diversify its donor base by working with the iCan team on an enhanced website, a social media strategy, and the implementation of community foundation software.

2011 Community Projects

  • Home Sweet Home Ministries
    • Create a non-technical vocational training program for residential clients who require job skill development in order to be successful candidates for employment, including a soft-skills “operations” guide that provides guidance for the HSHM staff while assisting clients.
  • marcfirst
    • Develop a marketing plan for marcfirst Janitorial Services aimed at helping it achieve a profit within the next year.
  • Western Avenue Community Center
    • Streamline the operational aspects of the interpreter and counseling programs for Latino people and families, including policies, job descriptions, and a data tracking tool.
  • YWCA McLean County
    • Help support ongoing efforts to eliminate racism by developing a diversity awareness campaign about the increasing racial diversity in McLean County, focusing on the positives that it brings to the community.

2010 Community Projects