Educate - Enrich - Empower
Who We Are
LEF supports innovative initiatives which transcend the classroom experience and serve to enrich, inspire, and empower Litchfield area children.
What We Do
Seek, promote and fund innovative programming tied to future academic success and employment opportunities for area youth
Increase shared experiences by bringing children from different towns and schools together
Partner with business community, experts and donors as well as educators to fuel growth
Increase awareness of educational and learning needs of our young people and its importance to our community’s future and sustainability
Prioritize efforts to key pathways: Civics, Business & Entrepreneurship, STEM, Multiculturalism & Literacy
Who We Serve
LEF serves the students of Litchfield and surrounding towns in public, private and home schools.
LEF and local businesses are aligned in the important work of supporting both the academic and employment success of our area youth. Portable skills, which are critical to that success, like problem solving, negotiating and adaptability are acquired and honed by engaging in enrichment opportunities.
Following a need analysis and stakeholder survey, LEF has prioritized efforts around the following areas: Business & Entrepreneurship, Civics, Multiculturalism, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Literacy. LEF is seeking partnerships to design, execute and evaluate hi-impact opportunities for students in these areas.
By developing skills important to gainful employment and entrepreneurship, we maintain and attract employers and therefore grow our business community.
Debra Cahill, Marketing Committee Chair
Donielle Hawley, Governance Committee Chair
Tiffany Hussey, Finance Committee Chair
Sara Schuch, Grants Committee Chair
Sarah Worden, Development Committee Chair
Founded in 2004
LEF’s donation revenues have increased steadily over the years
2015-6 donations = ~$6,000
2016-7 donations = ~$10,000
2017-8 donations = ~$21,000
2018-9 donations = ~$25,000-30,000
2019-21 donations = more than $50,000
LEF has no staff or office space. It is a volunteer-run organization with limited overhead expenses.