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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

 

Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Karan & Morton

Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Karan & Morton

Community Shares of Wisconsin marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and is recognizing longtime volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Heroes Awards. Joan Karan & Marianne Morton   Joan Karan was a Community Shares board member for several decades and served...

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Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Matyka & Gotthelf

Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Matyka & Gotthelf

Community Shares of Wisconsin marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and is recognizing longtime volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Heroes Awards. Denise Matyka & Nicole Gotthelf Denise Matyka and Nicole Gotthelf are being celebrated as 50th Anniversary Backyard...

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Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Giesler & Kimport

Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Giesler & Kimport

Community Shares of Wisconsin marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and is recognizing longtime volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Heroes Awards. Andy Giesler & Catherine Kimport   Andy Giesler has often lent his wide-ranging technical consulting skills to...

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Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Sals & Zimmerman

Anniversary Backyard Heroes: Sals & Zimmerman

Community Shares of Wisconsin marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and is recognizing longtime volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Heroes Awards. Richard Sals & Janet Zimmerman   Richard Sals has volunteered and supported Community Shares of Wisconsin for...

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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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“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

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