The Green Tree Community Garden, established in 2013, boasts vegetable gardens, green space, a pergola and a rain garden. Neighborhood residents say it has improved the sense of community in Havenwoods.
A city infamous for significant racial segregation and high rates of incarceration of African-Americans, Milwaukee is also home to a successful community of black professionals seeking social events, networking opportunities and career advancement. Success, they say, requires building strong relationships.
Hired to replace the retiring Sharon Adams as executive director of Walnut Way Conservation Corp. in June, LaShawndra Vernon has been voted out by the organization’s board of directors.
The Milwaukee Christian Center, whose senior center is located near 14th Street and National Avenue, has created an atmosphere of support, encouragement and education that helps struggling individuals access opportunities.
Darryl Johnson, executive director of Riverworks Development Corp., has led several major projects that have helped to change the outlook in Harambee.
The local nonprofit I Will Not Die Young, which works to combat youth violence, is using a $25,000 donation from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to expand its writing workshops and offer “peace assemblies” for young people.
City on a Hill, a faith-based nonprofit organization, has brought high-quality youth programs, low-income housing, health services and more to combat intergenerational poverty and transform the West Side neighborhoods that surround its campus on the site of a former hospital.
Located across the street from Westlawn Gardens, Wisconsin’s largest low-income public housing development, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center builds and strengthens community by developing long-term relationships, supporting and educating residents of all ages, and paving a path to self-sufficiency.
Marquette students and community members are working to eliminate the food desert on the Near West Side by coming up with ideas to bring a grocery store to the area. The best ideas will be piloted in the fall.
The Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs will pursue a bipartisan legislative agenda focused on improving conditions for black city residents.