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Leadership Class Presents Community Projects

April 19th, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

This past month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class unveiled their group projects. These Community Change Initiatives (CCIs) apply and reinforce the skills and insights gained throughout the Leadership program while allowing participants a chance to envision, develop and bring to fruition real and lasting community change in collaboration with others. Having worked on these projects for the past seven months, each group gave a 20-minute presentation to the community at Dakota Medical Foundation, offering a first look into their hard work and dedication to helping find a solution to a number of our community’s issues.

Team Go Green – All in One Recycling, City of Fargo

Team Go Green– Andy Erickson, Kinetic Leasing
– Adam Ruud, Houston Engineering
– Kelsey Erbes, Stoneridge Software
– Kevin Mehrer, Boy Scouts of America
– Matt Gruchalla, Bell Bank

The City of Fargo is bringing single-sort recycling to 26,000 residents starting July 2017. “Team Go Green” has partnered with the city to develop a marketing plan that educates citizens, increases the amount of recycles tonnage in Fargo and decreases the amount of waste in Fargo’s landfills. You can see their work on local billboards, in many local publications and online.

Looking for more information? Visit https://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/.

Duffels 4 Dreams

Duffels 4 Dreams– Chad Brousseau, Cass County Electric
– Chelsey Agather, Discovery Benefits
– Dave Bietz, Fargo Park District
– Jennifer Swenson, TMI Hospitality
– Sam Wheeldon, John Deere Electronic Solutions
– Tim Stokka, Gate City Bank

In 2016, 225 local children were removed from their homes and 107 were in foster care. While each experience is different, many of the children’s belongings are thrown in a trash bag during their transition, which is just one more stress added to their situation. The individuals in the Duffels 4 Dreams team, in conjunction with Cass County Social Services, are fundraising to provide a bag containing hygiene products, a comforting item (blanket or teddy bear), and passes for local attractions. Considering supporting the Duffels 4 Dreams mission? Your gift will provide:

• $20 = 1 Blanket
• $10 = 1 Teddy Bear
• $50 = 1 Complete Duffel Bag
• $200 = 4 Complete Duffel Bags
• $500 = 10 Complete Duffel Bags
• $1,000 = 20 Complete Duffel Bags

For more information, contact Dave Bietz at dbietz@fargoparks.com.

Financial Planning Day

Financial Planning Day– Jamie Grant, Microsoft
– Kurt Lysne, Moore Engineering
– Paul Jarvis, United Capital
– Shane Cullen, Park Co. Realtors
– Thomas Loegering, Wanzek
– Toby Krone, Moorhead Police Department

Financial Planning Day is a day dedicated to getting your financial and future plans in place. On April 29 at the FARGODOME, this group will be putting some of the region’s best financial planners, insurance providers and professionals right in front of you. This day is 100% free and will include workshops and classes catered to your questions and needs; keynote address by Erik Hatch; and the opportunity to schedule one-on-one planning meetings with some of the best financial planners our community has to offer.

To register for this event, visit www.getaplannow.com.

Home for Good

Home for Good– Donna Block, Lux Communities
– Erik Stenehjem, First International Bank and Trust
– Jenna Studt, Flint Group
– Jordan Cook, Choice Financial
– Rob Riness, Mortenson

Home for Good is bringing the Housing First model to the FMWF area through partnerships with local non-profits and the Apartment Association in hopes of connecting the community in ways to relinquish the stigma of homeless individuals. The Housing First model is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.

The World’s Table

The Worlds Table– Allyson Peterson, NDSU Development Foundation
– Cortnee Jensen, MindShift
– Maria Steen, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
– Nikki Berglund, Luna Fargo/Bernie’s Wines & liquors
– Sarah Arntson, Dakota Medical Foundation
– Teran Germscheid, Wimmer’s Diamonds

The World’s Table is an event series focused on promoting cultural acceptance by building camaraderie between long-time local residents and New Americans. They will use food as our bridge and create a safe environment to try new foods, forge new relationships and learn about each other. They will gather regularly over ethnic dishes to make New Americans feel welcome, supported and connected to F-M. At the same time, they will introduce long-time residents to the foods, cultures and traditions these new neighbors have brought to the community. The first event will be held on April 27 at the Dakota Medical Foundation.

To register for this event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-worlds-table-episode-1-nepal-tickets-33471065859.

The Welcome Home Project

Welcome Home Project– Jenna Frost, American Crystal Sugar Company
– Mark Honzay, JLG Architects
– Vanessa Lystad, Vogel Law Firm
– Melissa Rystad, Rasmussen College
– Brandon Haney, Midco
– Kayla Gefroh, Purpose Learning Group

The Welcome Home Project’s mission is to provide necessities that will welcome families to their new homes, who are moving from transitional housing to permanent housing. Having already raised over $8,000, many local families who are currently working with Fraser, LTD, will be gifted what many of us often take for granted – beds, silverware, shower curtains, towels and so much more.

Interested in supporting this group? Contact Kayla Gefroh at kaylagefroh@live.com.

Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo

Experience Fargo Moorhead– Amanda Even, Dress for Success of the Red River Valley
– Amanda Maslowski, US Bank
– Caitlin Stoecker, The Village Family Service Center
– Chantel Carlson, United Way of Cass-Clay
– Mitch Johnson, CoreLink Administrative Solutions

Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has partnered with The Chamber for a new program launching fall of 2017. They are bridging the gap between students and local businesses to create a community where engagement and service are an integral part of life. By doing this, it is hoped that the local workforce will be positively affected by retaining local higher-education students through community engagement, exposure to local business and service learning.

Interested in getting involved with Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? Contact Mitch Johnson at mitch.johnson@corelinksolutions.com.


Be a part of next year’s class!

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program through May 18. Apply online at fmwfchamber.com.


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