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A network of volunteers at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin help package and ship nutritious food from the organization's 42,000-square-foot warehouse to 315 partners in local communities, including food pantries, shelters, and other meal-distribution sites. Each year, Second Harvest Foodbank distributes more than 8 million pounds of food to 140,000 local residents in 16 Wisconsin counties, and 43% of the people it serves are children.

2802 Dairy Dr
Madison,
WI
US

Though 33 of 47 district schools already have the gardens, they still lack the resources to develop youth-gardening curricula. Teachers who attend professional-development courses on youth-gardening education can incorporate these practices back at school and model them for other teachers, along with their students. A weeklong course, sponsored by GROW, will cover topics such as organic gardening, nature study, games, and the role of youth gardening in the sustainable-agriculture movement.

211 S Paterson St
Madison,
WI
US

Founded in 1921, Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is an open-admission shelter that cares for approximately 7,000 animals every year—including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, and injured or orphaned wildlife. It accepts all animals regardless of age or health condition. In 2003, DCHS partnered with the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine to become the first organization to treat ringworm, an infectious disease once thought untreatable in animals, and has since saved the lives of more than 650 cats.

Every animal that enters DCHS’s facility receives necessary medical treatments. After being microchipped and evaluated for behavioral issues, companion animals are placed with permanent families. The organization also helps rehabilitate ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife through its Four Lakes Wildlife Center program. When not working directly with animals, DCHS advocates for humane animal laws and provides outreach programs to teach people about animal welfare.

5132 Voges Rd
Madison,
WI
US

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin strives to ensure bicycling is safe, accessible, and fun for residents across the state to achieve its vision of making Wisconsin one of the world’s best places to ride. Along with supporting campaigns such as Bike to Work Week and youth bike camps, the federation works to create bicycle-friendly policies that support riding opportunities throughout Wisconsin, reduce air pollution, and lessen traffic congestion. At neighborhood bike rides and safety presentations, city alders, community members, and police officers are invited to participate and learn about cycling options in their neighborhoods.

409 East Main Street
Madison,
WI
US

The transitions-camp program runs for two weekends in February and May, and hosts activities that teach life skills such as money management, grocery shopping, and cooking healthful meals. The camp prepares young adults who will be living without their parents’ care and attendance for the first time, and participants can learn at their own pace in a relaxed camp environment away from the challenges and stresses of home and school. Campers can also learn to network with potential employers or educational programs, and work on their individual goals to achieve greater independence, such as learning to brush their own teeth or count money. Easter Seals Wisconsin is in need of additional funding to sponsor a scholarship for the transitions camp, which covers the costs of meals, lodging, staff support and care, and supplies.

101 Nob Hill Rd
Madison,
WI
US

A long-term, community-based housing program, Home for Good helps participants become and remain self-sufficient. In addition to housing assistance, supportive services aim to increase residents' abilities to live independently and maintain employment. Nearly all Home for Good participants are receiving mental-health treatment, which can place an incredible strain on their limited monthly budgets due to the cost of copays for doctor’s visits and prescription medication.

1717 N Stoughton Rd
Madison,
WI
US