My Nonprofit Reviews
Paula A. Calabrese
Review for Local Government Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Because I felt I could make a difference in my community through public service, I decided to run for borough council. In preparation for winning a seat on council, I began attending the business meetings. It was then that I realized that although I am well-schooled in my own profession, I was truly a novice in the realm of local government. That's when I found out about the Local Government Academy and the Newly Elected Officials Course. What a lifesaver it was! Through my participation in the seminars, I not only gained perspective on governmental issues, but also on effective policy, best practices and most importantly I got acquainted with a host of resources that are now on my speed dial. The site visits to other boroughs, the guest speakers on a variety of topics and the genuine support of the LGA staff made the challenges of being a newbie in the political realm surmountable. Because of the information I received and the connections I made through LGA, I know that I am a more effective council member. Everyone, with or without experience,who is involved in public service and administration can certainly benefit by participation in the LGA. It gets 5 Gold Stars from me!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the personal and professional connections I've made and the information and resources I received.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
professional, personable and supportive.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
educate all public officials through face-to-face seminars, through virtual electronic connectivity and have a hotline for ready reference to dilemmas that local public officials need to address.
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