Yesterday I wrote about the forced demise of Leadership Cumberland County, an extremely valuable program being eliminated by the CCIA due to the short-sightedness, and lack of understanding of Don Rainear.
As I re-read the bogus reporting, I see many errors, and total gullibility of the article writer. The decision was made by the CCIA at their meeting on the evening of the 27th. No reporters were present, according to my sources who were present. So the question begs, who contacted The News with this story, and why?
Why was the story biased, and why did it give bogus numbers? Does Don Rainear not even have the most basic understanding of how this program works? Apparently not. First of all, it was not solely Leadership Cumberland County that was eliminated. LCC is simply one of many programs administered by the Center for Leadership, Community and Neighborhood Development.
The article inferred that LCC costs the CCIA over six-figures annually. This is a total fabrication. Every class participant antes up $700 to participate in the program. The exceptions are those that enter via a scholarship, which cuts the price in half. Each class has 24 participants.
The Leadership Cumberland County program is self-sufficient regarding direct program expenses due to the tuition. Any excess is tolled back into the program to provide for more scholarships. that figure was not an actual cost to the CCIA, that money was paid to the CCIA by LCC participants and earmarked for LCC. I hope that Don Rainear understands that the LCC money unused to date does not belong to him or the CCIA but must be designated to LCC. I am already working up a letter to the state attorney general.
The writer of the article was apparently spoon-fed the story, and totally neglected to do any investigation. The article neglected to mention that the elimination of the Center for Leadership, Community and Neighborhood Development also effectively eliminates support for the nonprofit sector in Cumberland County, including but not limited to the workshops, resources and support provided them.
Cumberland County has 726 non-profits. The Center for Leadership, Community and Neighborhood Development provided workshops for fire departments seeking grants for updated equipment, support for little leagues looking for ways to acquire equipment, and so much more. The workshops are now totally eliminated, and all but the largest organizations are now without the support or resources they need to survive.
Jill Lombardo, I am sure, will land on her feet. She is one of that rare breed that actually cares about people. I am not so sure of the future for those charitable organizations located in the county, such as the 4-H, soup kitchens which are packed more full every week as unemployment creeps skyward, and many more that provide necessary services to county residents.
Hopefully there are individuals that live in the county, and actually do care about the county, that understand the importance of these programs, and that will help resuscitate not only LCC, but the Center for Leadership, Community and Neighborhood Development entirely.