LFS class makes donation to support mental health services

The Leadership for Five Seasons Class presents a check to Foundation 2 Crisis Services. CREDIT CEDAR RAPIDS METRO ECONOMIC ALLIANCE.

The Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Class of 2023 finished its year of leadership education and community betterment projects with a donation to Foundation 2 Crisis Services and Tanager. 

The LFS class donated more than $40,000 to the nonprofit organizations that support mental health services in the community.

“It wasn’t difficult to agree on what our class project should be this year,” Rachael Holland, director of marketing at AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising and member of the 2023 LFS class, said in a statement. “As community leaders, we’re passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and in our region. Mental health has impacted all of us in one way or another. Supporting organizations that provide brain health services not only strengthens our community but literally saves lives.”

The LFS class members from businesses and organizations throughout the Cedar Rapids metro raised more than $40,000 this year. In addition to the donation, the class also built putt-putt holes for Foundation 2’s largest fundraiser and contributed several hours of manual labor in preparation for Foundation 2’s move to its new downtown location.

“Foundation 2 is honored to accept this check to help us further our mission to be a trusted support when life gets tough by connecting with people in crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” CEO at Foundation 2 Crisis Services Emily Blomme said in a statement. 

“It’s an honor Tanager was also chosen as a recipient for the LFS 2023 Class project,” Chief Executive Director of Tanager Okpara Rice said in a statement. “We serve over 4,000 children, teens, and young adults each year and these funds will help us continue to offer programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and outreach.”

Leadership for Five Seasons is a 10-month community leadership program produced by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. It focuses on developing top talent through a formal leadership curriculum, providing participants with community knowledge, connections and inspiration to make a positive impact on the community. The 39-member class raised its own funds and determined how to use the monies to support the community.

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