Projects needed for Leadership Hancock County

HANCOCK COUNTY — Leadership Hancock County seeks proposals from nonprofits and other civic groups for community projects to be undertaken by members of the new Leadership Hancock County class.

The community projects are key elements of the scholars’ program. Each year, members of the class form small groups and study a community issue or challenge. They make recommendations and submit reports as part of a public presentation at the class graduation in May.

Projects from last year’s class included creation of a “sensory garden” at J.B. Stephens Elementary School; development of a website for The Landing Place, which helps people deal with destructive behaviors; and creation of a 5K run/walk for Alternatives Inc., an agency that advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since its inception in 1996, students have completed more than 60 community projects.

Requests for proposals will be accepted until Nov. 17. A form is available online at (Look under the “Applications” tab at the top of the page.) Emails also can be sent to the LHC coordinator, Dave Hill, at

Leadership Hancock County’s latest class, which has 24 members, convened Sept. 14 to 15 with a retreat at the Hancock County Public Library. It meets monthly.