Community Project Ideas Sought!

Posted on April 10, 2019

Deadline is April 30

Members of the Leadership Somerset Class of 2018 worked with Safe + Sound, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic abuse and engaging the community to break the cycle of violence, on their class project.  The team helped Safe + Sound with a campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and available services. Shown in the photo outlining project goals and objectives are, from left to right, Sue Rivera, Mariann Bruno, Katelynn Patronick, Shelly Bell, Janet Samuels and Susie Suter.

Each Leadership Somerset class is required to develop one or more projects for the benefit of the community. Because it is not always easy to identify valid community needs, the Class of 2019 is asking for assistance.

Leadership Somerset invites nonprofits, local governments and public educational institutions that serve residents of Somerset County to submit project ideas for consideration using an online form, which can be found at The deadline is Tuesday, April 30.

Examples of past Leadership Somerset class projects can be found on our Spotlight on Class Projects page at From the implementation of youth programs and financial literacy programs to implementing projects for local nonprofit organizations, Leadership Somerset participants have made a difference in the community.

Project ideas do not have to be completely fleshed out when submitted; however, proposals should have a definable goal that can be achieved by a small group of part-time volunteers working over a period of four months.  Before completing the online Leadership Somerset form, project ideas must have the approval of the submitting organization’s governing body.

Over the last twenty years, Leadership Somerset Fellows have had an opportunity to work with many organizations, including the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP), the Arc of Somerset County, Middle Earth, Alternatives, Inc., Agape House, the Adult Day Center of Somerset County, CASA SHaW (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties), the Borough of Somerville, the Center for Great Expectations, the Foodbank Network of Somerset County and Safe + Sound.

Established in 2000, Leadership Somerset is an eleven-month adult community leadership program sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Business Partnership, Raritan Valley Community College and the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

Representatives from submitting organizations may be asked to present their project idea to the current class on May 8 or June 12.

For more information, visit the Leadership Somerset website at or contact us at (908) 231-7040 or  Discover Leadership Somerset on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Information