Developing a Pathway for Continued NonProfit Leadership


Action Pathways friends and partners at the United Way of Cumberland County hosted its annLeadership Development Program 2018.jpgual commencement ceremony for its Leadership Development Program (LDP) earlier this month. Almost thirty of the best and brightest our community has to offer applied and were accepted into the prestigious leadership program and seven were from Action Pathways!

Action Pathways works with organizations like United Way to empower folks to not only change their own lives, but to change their community and their neighbors’ lives. Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Wilson, often says, “It is our job to empower all people who come across Action Pathways doorsteps so that they leave better than they were before.” Through our partnership with United Way, Action Pathways has been able to help identify and recruit people both within, as well as, beyond the agency to participate in this year’s Leadership Development Program.

“Action Pathways is great about supporting strategic, professional development,” says Patricia Jackson, Food Source Coordinator for the agencies’ affiliate program – Second Harvest Food Bank. “My program director, Ron Pringle, forwarded the information to me and I immediately loved the course content; I jumped all over it!”

United Way’s Leadership Development program (LDP) was created over 14 years ago to train community volunteers, advocates and other individuals who have demonstrated leadership potential throughout the community to become effective non-profit board members in Cumberland County. United Way’s LDP, historically, has helped to diversify boards throughout Cumberland County and train minorities to assume real leadership positions within the communities they live and work. Its focus was to provide opportunities for underrepresented individuals who performed critical community work for civic participation and involvement they may not otherwise be privy to, however; it has culminated into a coveted program people from all corners of the community trust will prepare them for future leadership opportunities.

For more information about United Way’s Leadership Development Program, please visit:

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