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Backyard Heroes

Backyard Heroes

Each month, Community Shares of Wisconsin and our sponsors, Budget Signs and Specialties, 105.5 Triple M, and Madison365 recognize two outstanding volunteers from our member nonprofits, who have given their time to create a more just community. These volunteers are seldom in the news but are always on the front lines of critical issues that make our community a better place to live. 
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Nonprofit Volunteers are our Backyard Heroes!

Through powerful, responsive collaboration on the front lines of social and environmental justice advocacy, Backyard Heroes make an impact. 

Past Backyard Heroes

 

February Backyard Heroes

February Backyard Heroes

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired / Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin    Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin - is privileged to have Dr. Ann Behrmann who is an exemplary role model and mentor. She is a fierce advocate...

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January Backyard Heroes

January Backyard Heroes

Positive Women 4 Change /Sierra Club Foundation WI Cymbre (Simbree) Van Fossen PW4C is privileged to have Cymbre Van Fossen is our treasurer for the board of directors. Cymbre has demonstrated her commitment to the vulnerable populations we serve by utilizing her...

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November 2020 Backyard Heroes

November 2020 Backyard Heroes

  Karen Ann Meulendyke - Wisconsin Women's Network Karen joined WWN as a volunteer on the Policy Institute Planning Committee in 2015. In her most recent role, Advancement Chair, she led WWN to the most successful fundraising year in our 40-year history!  In...

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October 2020 Backyard Heroes

October 2020 Backyard Heroes

Dana King - Nuestro Mundo  Dana King is a parent at Nuestro Mundo Community School that has been a dedicated volunteer for the past eight years. Dana routinely volunteers in the classroom and contributes to the wider community through fundraising, garden, and social...

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September 2020 Backyard Heroes

September 2020 Backyard Heroes

Joie Zhang - Sustain Dane Joie coordinates Sustain Dane's new volunteer programs and helps run our social media, including starting our Instagram. She is passionate about exploring the intersection between design and sustainability and its ability to connect...

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August 2020 Backyard Heroes

August 2020 Backyard Heroes

Paul Saeman - Moses Paul has been a leader in the MOSES Justice System Reform Initiative (JSRI) task force which advocates for a comprehensive reform of the Dane County Criminal Justice System in order to reduce mass incarceration. From his initial efforts as a member...

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July 2020 Backyard Heroes

July 2020 Backyard Heroes

Denise Boss - Community Shares of Wisconsin Denise has been a great volunteer for Community Shares during many community/member organization events that we support. She is always willing to assist in any capacity that we ask. She is just a great person to work with....

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June 2020 Backyard Heroes

June 2020 Backyard Heroes

Dana Pellebon - OutReach Dana is an OutReach board member. She assists with fundraising and stage management for special events.  In her spare time, Dana is also an actor, director, and producer in local and regional theatrical productions, in addition to being active...

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May 2020 Backyard Heroes

May 2020 Backyard Heroes

Tina Sweep - OutReach LGBTQ + Community Center Tina has been a volunteer at OutReach since 2015. She helps facilitate the Madison Ace space group, helps with public education on our Speakers Bureau, and helps train new volunteers. She is a fierce advocate for the...

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What Our Supporters Say

“There’s strength in recognizing that all the issues we’re called to invest in are interrelated. From women’s health to environmentalism, racial equity to economic empowerment, Community Shares strengthens our community by amplifying our voices. That’s why I give.”

Jonathan Solari

“Many people in my life benefit from Community Shares’ programs. I’m proud to support their efforts because they make a huge difference in people’s lives. Thanks for all you do!” 

Ann Groves Lloyd