Sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Community Leadership Service (CLS) program provides participants, accomplished individuals who are retired from full-time careers and looking to leverage their talents in the Greater Williamsburg area, with a unique perspective of the Greater Williamsburg area – its leaders, civic needs, governing bodies, and key organizations in a single organized experience, unmatched by any other program.
Our participants complete the program having gained a deeper understanding of their community and the areas where they can make a positive impact. Many of the key organizations involved in the program engage CLS alumni as thought partners, volunteers, and board members, which strengthens area ties, bolsters growth, and fosters new opportunities within the community.
Participation in CLS requires a serious commitment of your time, energy and community involvement.
ORIENTATION Meet and Greet
Meet your fellow classmates and learn about the program’s objectives and community issues. This half-day session is the program kick-off and is held in October in the year prior to each class.
WEEKLY DAY-LONG SESSIONS
January through March, addressing topics of community interest and concern.
Participation in CLS Greater Williamsburg represents a significant time and financial commitment. Class participants need to be able to attend all scheduled events to participate in the program. As we receive more applicants than we can accommodate, those selected into the program need to commit to attend every session. While CLS requires a serious commitment of time and energy, you will have gained a deeper understanding of the community and the areas where you can make a positive impact.
See Prior Classes to learn about their range of backgrounds and see where our participants volunteer in our community.
See Information Sessions to attend an in person an informal meeting to learn more about CLS.