I just found about about the “soft launch” of the new Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund. I hope it’s not to early to blog it; the hyperlinks are active, so here goes.
The Fund, developed in partnership with the Northfield Area YMCA, was initiated by Just Food to honor Ron’s service on the Just Food Board of Directors and his leadership contributions to the Northfield area community as a whole. (continued)
The mission of the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund is to support and develop the capabilities, talents, and motivation of young adults in the Northfield community who are actively involved in providing leadership in areas contributing to long-term sustainability including local environmental initiatives, healthy food and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and community building.
I first met Ron around 2005 while serving on the Northfield EDA. Ron came in to make a presentation to the EDA regarding the formation of the Co-op, and I was impressed by his knowledge, dedication, and the thoroughness of his presentation. I was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Ron a couple of years later while we were both serving on the Planning Commission. Ron’s insight and acumen were invaluable in the process of revising the Comprehensive Plan; his fingerprints truly are all over Northfield’s blueprints. Ron resigned from the Planning Commission a few months ago due to health concerns.
If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Fund, please download this pledge card. In February and March, Just Food’s “Just Change” donations, found at each register, will go to benefit the fund. Please give early and often!
The fund hopes to award a minimum of four young leaders each year to cover costs associated with training, development, and unique educational and networking opportunities. Grants will be awarded by the Executive Director of the YMCA upon recommendation of the Fund’s Grant Committee. The Fund page on the YMCA website contains the grant guidelines and application form.