Each Leadership Development Academy of Rock County participant works with a small group of their fellow class members to plan and execute a collaborative project that addresses a community need. These projects and their results are presented each May and serve as the program's capstone experience.
Caritas Diaper Bank
Caritas is an existing non-profit that serves families in Beloit and surrounding Rock County communities with food, clothing, and baby supplies. Their existing clothing and diaper bank space was in need of renovations, and inventories were dangerously low. Caritas Diaper Bank is a two-phase effort to solve both issues. Phase #1 is a fundraising, design, and construction project intended to revive the existing space, making it more welcoming to patrons and staff alike. Phase #2 is a week-long clothing and baby supply drive, “Stuff the Bus”, using social media and local high school volunteers to market and man the operation. In total over 10,000 diapers were collected from 13 different Janesville-area schools.