Leadership Saratoga graduates Class of '11

Schiraldi said her team is planning to have a community work weekend where residents can volunteer to help out.

"We have the trail and bridge designed so we have to wait for Mother Nature," said Schiraldi.

Other teams assisted the Salvation Army by developing a feasibility analysis for a mobile outreach van and program and re-designing the food pantry for the Franklin Community Center.

Besides giving back to the community, Schiraldi said meeting different types of people and working toward a goal was beneficial.

"Meeting all the people from different walks of life, a lot of young people and it goes right on up; turns out no matter what the age, all the participants had the same basic feeling to give back to the community," said Schiraldi. "It was a lot of time commitment but was so rewarding because you learn so much whether it be politics, school board, town board, not-for-profits, outreach programs, there's something there for everybody."

Leadership Saratoga also celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since its inception in 1985, 600 men and women have graduated from the program and more than 135 local organizations and institutions have received volunteer service from the program.

Applications for the next Leadership class are now being accepted. Applications and required interviews will be completed no later than June 7.

For more information visit www.leadershipsaaratoga.org or contact Toohey at 584-3255 ext. 205 or ltoohey@saratoga.org.


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