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Left: The first “customer” arrives the same day LMH class members complete improvements to the MHPD Canine Impound Facility for their Pups In Need Community Service Project. Below: Kennels get new dog houses and beds. Below Left: The Pups In Need project included installation of a new storage unit and portable cage kennel. Leadership Morgan HIll Class of 2017 Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of their community service project at the Morgan Hill Police Department. “People join us because they want to connect with our community and contribute in a meaningful way. We help them build leadership skills, explore community service interests, and make a difference through personal commitment and involvement.” Cricket Rubino, President, Leadership Morgan Hill GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN that much-needed improvements to the facility could be made within the $10,000 fundraising limit we were given. The project also provided many and varied roles for class participation. But what really inspired our votes was knowing that our project could deliver three benefits: it would tangibly improve the living condi- tions for the dogs placed in the MHPD facility, it would provide a better working environment for the MHPD officers taking care of the dogs, and our funding of these improvements meant the PD could allocate more of its operating budget to its highest priority—staffing the department with quality officers who ensure our public safety. We hosted a series of fundraisers at Coffee Guys, Bubbles Wine Bar, and the Running Shop & Hops. We also held a group rummage sale. Our fundraising team led outreach to corporate sponsors and individual donors. Thanks to the generous support of South Valley Internet, TenCate, Morgan Hill Animal Hospital, South County Animal Hospital, local high school student Meghana Khera, and several dozen other donors, we raised the funds necessary to complete our project. We even had money left over, which we donated to the MHPD to fund ongoing needs at the impound facility. To keep the project running smoothly, we leveraged technology. For starters, we used Google Drive to share and collaborate on budget reports, newsletters, ads, presentations, and meeting minutes. PayPal became our go-to tool for processing donations, and Facebook made it easy for us to promote our project. We had a “building party” during which we assembled dog beds, dog houses, and a new storage shed for the Canine Impound Facility; then we threw an “installation party” there. That same afternoon, we had our first customer. It was a little Terrier mix found wandering the campus of a local school. We knew he was now in good hands in a comfortable shelter. Since then, the City of Morgan Hill put a Pet Information Flyer created by our class on its website, morgan-hill. During our time together for committee meetings and fundraisers, we discovered special skills possessed by different class members, and figured out how to overcome occasional obstacles. Ultimately, our community service project gave some of us the opportunity to step out of our comfort zones into new roles, while others had a chance to use their skills and expertise in a new environment. The Class of 2017 is active in the community, helping at annual events, serving at local churches, and volunteering with local nonprofits and on city commissions. We all love our community and now have a broader appreciation for all that makes Morgan Hill such a wonderful place to call home. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website, to learn more or submit an application to be considered for next year’s class. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 43