Common Wealth Turns 40 Today!

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40 years ago today, a small group of residents came together to found Common Wealth Development. Created in part as a response to a commercial rehabilitation feasibility study in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood, one of our earliest goals was to “preserve the social diversity that has long been a hallmark through a thoughtful mix of economic revitalization and physical rehabilitation.” Over the years our program areas have grown, our portfolio has expanded, and our internal capacity has been polished into the amazing organization that we are today. We could never have gotten to this place without the dedication and commitment of the thousands of people who have been connected to Common Wealth as tenants, job-seekers, small businesses, staff, board members, volunteers, …

Community CHIP tabling, July 2014

Thank You Community CHIP!

Andy Miller Community Shares of Wisconsin, Support, Youth Programs Leave a Comment

If you shop at the Willy Street Co-op, you’re probably familiar with the Community CHIP program. Community CHIP is a fundraising partnership between Willy Street Co-op and Community Shares of Wisconsin, allowing co-op shoppers to “chip” in 1% of their total purchase to be donated to the nonprofit member organizations of Community Shares of Wisconsin. Common Wealth is lucky enough to be a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, meaning that every time you say “Yes!” when asked to chip at the Co-op, your donation is supporting our award-winning Youth Programs! At the Willy Street Co-op’s Annual Meeting and Party on July 10, 2014 – and the kickoff to La Fete de Marquette – Common Wealth’s Youth Programs helped represent …

Jeff Westra, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Backyard Hero

Celebrating a Backyard Hero: Jeff Westra

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Common Wealth’s Youth Programs is proud to recognize Jeff Westra as our Backyard Hero through the Community Shares of Wisconsin. Jeff has been a volunteer in our Youth Programs since 2011 when he became involved through the Greater Madison Society of Human Resource Management. Over the years, Jeff has conducted mock interviews with countless teens in our programs. Most importantly, Jeff has been a strong advocate for our work, including our award-winning Youth-Business Mentoring Program. He connects volunteers to our Youth Programs and provides his insight and expertise in helping us develop new relationships to further our work. The Youth Programs staff is extremely grateful for his dedication to our community’s youth.