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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 Isthmus 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

 

Backyard Hero: Liz Gross

Backyard Hero: Liz Gross

A photo of Liz Gross, board president of FairShare CSA Coalition, holding a rutabaga. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Hero. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to organizations and people making...

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Backyard Hero: Catherine McKenzie

Backyard Hero: Catherine McKenzie

A photo of Catherine McKenzie, volunteer for the Sierra Club – Wisconsin Chapter. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Hero. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to organizations and people making change...

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Backyard Heroes: Jenny Lujan and Claire Wiley

Backyard Heroes: Jenny Lujan and Claire Wiley

A photo of Jenny Lujan, board member for Chrysalis. A photo of Claire Wiley, volunteer for Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Heroes. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award...

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Backyard Heroes: Maggie Munson and Jamie Campbell

Backyard Heroes: Maggie Munson and Jamie Campbell

A photo of Maggie Munson, volunteer for Midwest Environmental Advocates. A photo of Jamie Campbell, volunteer for Wheels for Winners, fitting a helmet on a bike recipient. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Heroes. Each month Community...

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Backyard Hero: Josephine Oyama-Miller

Backyard Hero: Josephine Oyama-Miller

A photo of Josephine Oyama-Miller. The text says Josephine Oyama-Miller, volunteer, Project Home. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Hero. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to organizations and people...

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Backyard Hero: Jane Reynolds

Backyard Hero: Jane Reynolds

A photo of Jane Reynolds holding a microphone. The text says Jane Reynolds, volunteer, WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Hero. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to...

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Backyard Heroes: Char Arner and Ben Bishop

Backyard Heroes: Char Arner and Ben Bishop

From left to right, a photo of Ben Bishop, a photo of Char Arner, and the Sierra Club logo which features a redwood tree between two mountains and says Wisconsin Chapter. Below that is the Community Shares logo and the words Backyard Heroes. Each month Community...

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Backyard Hero: Chrysalis

Backyard Hero: Chrysalis

Chrysalis logo that has a purple butterfly on the right. Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to organizations and people making change happen in our community. Chrysalis Chrysalis promotes mental health and substance use recovery...

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Backyard Hero: Fair Wisconsin Education Fund

Backyard Hero: Fair Wisconsin Education Fund

Fair Wisconsin Education Fund logo in dark blue and light blue. Below that is the Community Shares of Wisconsin logo and the words “Backyard Hero”.   Each month Community Shares of Wisconsin presents the Backyard Hero Award to organizations and people making...

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