In an effort to encourage connections, communication and collaboration between community social service programs, churches and other helping entities, The ELM Foundation and their partner United Way of Madison County, are sponsoring the 2023 Leadership Social Services program for the Huntsville/Madison County community. LEADERSHIP Social Services is a 10-month commitment (one day per month) community leadership development program which will begin January 26, 2023. The program is administered and facilitated by The ELM Foundation. It is designed to identify leaders who can guide change within their agency and in the community. Class members will participate in leadership development experiences designed to build relationships and create opportunities for cross-agency collaboration as they connect, communicate, and collaborate. Agency staff and board members/volunteers from a variety of health and human services agencies and backgrounds will gain expanded knowledge of our community and acquire skills which will enable them to assume a more active and effective agency leadership role in addressing community needs. In addition to an opening and closing session, there are eight program days which will highlight social service topics that affect our community. Class participants will have the opportunity to examine the Nuts and Bolts of Agency Management, Government Relations, Community Education, Community Health, Community Mental Health, Financial Self Sufficiency, Law and Justice, and Quality of Life. Additionally, small-group projects are developed to identify and solve resource gaps in our community.

Tuition for the 2023 session is $600.
United Way of Madison County partners receive a discounted tuition amount of $540.

Applications will be accepted from September 15, 2022 - November 15, 2022

An application for the 2023 session may be requested by emailing

Completed applicant submissions for the program are due no later than November 15, 2022.

by Missy Hanks

Executive Director

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." -Hellen Keller