We at Prospectus Berco have formed a mutually rewarding relationship with another Greater Reading nonprofit organization, Leadership Berks. Leadership Berks provides education, hands-on experiences, and familiarization with community opportunities for business leaders to become highly effective nonprofit board and community volunteers. Our relationship with this exceptionally valuable county resource has multiple facets. We happily host the class each year onsite affording them an opportunity to experience Prospectus Berco day services in action; Leadership Berks classes have embraced a variety of project proposals for this corporation, the most recent being the production of a fire safety video for individuals receiving services; and our call for quality committee and board members has been answered often by Leadership Berks graduates.
It is no exaggeration when I say that every Leadership Berks-trained volunteer who has joined Prospectus Berco committees or Board of Directors enthusiastically fulfills the responsibilities of a nonprofit volunteer with professionalism complemented by a high level of engagement. Well, as if partnering with this worthwhile and effective organization isn’t enough of a reward, Ms. Toni Eckert, Leadership Berks CEO, contacted me a few weeks ago with phenomenal news.
The Leadership Berks Alumni Council has selected Prospectus Berco to receive their Art of Leadership Legacy Award for 2016. This award is presented to a business or nonprofit organization that has demonstrated significant support of the Leadership Berks program and the community at large. What a great honor to be chosen by an organization dedicated to strengthening our community through volunteer leadership as leaders in community engagement. The award presentation will take place at this year’s graduation on June 9, 2016, when last year’s recipient, Eric Savage of Freedom Toyota, will hand off the unique stained glass art piece for us to display until the 2017 class graduation ceremony.
In the words of Ronald Reagan, “The spirit of voluntarism is deeply ingrained in us as a nation…The American people understand that there are no substitutes for gifts of service given from the heart.” The graduates of the Leadership Berks program exemplify this sentiment for they truly are volunteers who understand the value of gifts of service given from the heart which makes receiving this award so very meaningful.