Wisconsin Curated Creations isn’t the typical store you would expect to find at a mall. Instead of mass-produced products, the store sells handcrafted items created by local residents.
Amid a pandemic and a rapidly digitizing world, SHARP Literacy has found a way to transition from its roots while remaining true to its mission.
VIA, the nonprofit organization formerly known as Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, serves residents of Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park and focuses on affordable housing, economic development and grassroots leadership.
Angela Kingsawan is all about sharing her knowledge with the community as an herbalist. “I always want to learn and grow,” the Clarke Square woman says.
After turning his life around, Lance Ambrose felt called to help young people in similar situations. So he created Saving Our Sons, a nonprofit mentoring program for Milwaukee youths.
Sherry Green started baking cookies early during the pandemic to keep busy and uplift others. “I didn’t even know I could be a business owner,” the Amani resident says. “Especially during a pandemic.”
Cetonia Weston-Roy believes Black people ought to be able to see their authentic selves portrayed in the books they read. That’s why she created the Niche Book Bar.
The SOC has been a staple in the community for over 30 years. Once the pandemic hit, the group found a way to adapt to the circumstances and continue providing resources.
Ferne Caulker, the founder of the Ko-Thi Dance Company, continues to make moves in the community.
George Hinton, the CEO of the Social Development Commission, works to get (and keep) Milwaukee County residents out of poverty.