Educate - Enrich - Empower
What We Do
Seek, promote & fund innovative programming tied to future academic success & 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 learning needs of our young people and its importance to our community’s future and sustainability
Prioritize efforts in deficit areas: Civics, Business & Entrepreneurship, STEM, Multiculturalism & Literacy
Serve the students of Litchfield and surrounding towns in public, private and home schools
What We Need
Donations: It will not be news to you that this is a particularly difficult time for the children of our community. Funds are needed to support distance learning, supplemental programming like world languages and catch-up tutoring. Please donate now at and your contribution will directly fund one of our many programs.
Connections: Do you have an opportunity for students, know a good partner or want to share an idea with LEF? Drop us a line at and we will be in touch!
Volunteers: Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of area children? LEF is a small but mighty group of committed volunteers that want to create opportunities for young people. We are seeking members at the board, committee and project level to join our team. Find out more at .
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
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)
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.
Heather Ford, Governance Committee Chair
Donielle Hawley, Marketing 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.