Since 1992, our Community Reinvestment Fund has donated over $200,000 to support a diverse array of projects in the areas of food, nutrition, health/well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education and social change. The Fund’s focus is local, non-profit groups with an otherwise limited access to funding. See www.willystreet.coop/CRF for descriptions of the intended purposes of the awarded grant money. CRF grant recipients for this year were:
Community Groundworks at Troy Gardens $1,500.00
In a measure to seasonally expand and enhance further education at the community farm and sustain the organization into the future, organizers present the Grow Local Greenhouse Project for which this funding will be utilized.
Dane County Timebank $1,000.00
Youth Court, a program coordinated through Dane County Timebank is slated for expansion into several new neighborhoods around Madison and this funding will be used to support this program to provide education and self-governance to teens in our community.
East High School/MMSD $500.00
Addressing multiple school initiatives including improved nutrition, nutrition education, community building and social education, the Free Fruit Bowl proposal is expected to enforce healthy eating habits for students of this Madison high school.
East Madison Community Center $800.00
Funding will be used to enable the youth program in the Madison-based organization to provide regular “healthy cooking” lessons during their after school and summer camp programs.
Family Farm Defenders $800.00
To expand consumer and farmer awareness about domestic fair trade practices, this organization plans to use these funds in a pursuit to establish better education and awareness of this simple, yet vital act to solidify the state’s agriculture-community connectivity.
Freedom, Inc. $600.00
To empower youth of color in this community of Madison, “Our Space, Our Place” will work to increase knowledge about health and well being via several approaches including food demonstrations.
Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy $700.00
Empowerment Group for Teen Girls is an innovative dance/movement therapy group for sixth-grade girls that uses creative movement and verbal discussion to build self-esteem, foster community and support healthy personal and cultural attitudes. This funding will be used to continue offering these weekly group sessions.
Lussier Community Education Center $700.00
Working with a Dane County CSA farm, the center will provide educational components to healthy, local, seasonal eating along with deliveries of a weekly farm share for the center’s Youth Resource Center.
Madison Area CSA Coalition $1,200.00
As part of the ongoing work by Feeding America and their Kids Café program, funding will be used to further connect Madison’s inner-city children with sustainable farming practices and healthy eating by purchasing a share in and visiting a CSA farm located in Dane County.
Malcolm Shabazz City High School/MMSD $500.00
Offering students with various learning styles access to several modes of education, the school features a class called “Play with your Food: Discovering the Art of Cooking” as a part of their service-learning project, which encourages eco-leadership and healthy eating/living choices.
Neighborhood House Community Center $1,350.00
This organization’s summer day camp will feature a special emphasis on healthy lifestyles including educational components on nutritious eating and cooking projects, which this grant will fund.
Odyssey Project/South Madison Library $800.00
Meals & Memories is a 6-week writing program designed to enhance the academic preparedness of Odyssey Project graduates of South Madison Library, through the recollection and collection of stories about food.
The Respite Center $750.00
Teaching Good Nutrition to Children in Crisis program will work with children and families who are experiencing high levels of stress about good nutrition in a fun and engaging manner.
Red Caboose Day Care Center $800.00
To fund the organization’s summer programming for area children, funds will be used specifically for the kid’s cooking club to teach healthy food choices, meal planning and recipe experimentation.
Tellurian UCAN $500.00
Funds will be used to offer a wellness program for clients of this community mental health facility to include nutritional education for those struggling with diabetes or difficulty managing their weight.
WI Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. $500.00
Low Vision Organic Cooking Classes, a new project for this organization plans to provide classes for their clients in order to transform challenges into confidence when working in the kitchen to prepare their own healthy meals or for their families.
Wheels for Winners $500.00
The Earn a Bike Program teaches several important lessons to children in the city of Madison through community service projects in order learn about bike repair and ultimately to earn a free bike/helmet/lock, which is expected to improve their health by encouraging greater physical activity.
Total Awards: $13,500.00