Between the pandemic, tragic racial injustices, and multiple crucial elections, 2020 has been a historic year for our country and, yes, our neighborhood in Sherman Park.
Faced with a worldwide pandemic, increasing unemployment, mass protests, U.S. Census counts, and minimized polling sites, residents have shown not only resilience in the face of adversity, but a willingness to help each other out by making our neighborhoods better places to live and work.
Thanks to the support of volunteers, Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA) was able offer some stability in 2020 by:
- Providing free legal services with our partners at Legal Action of Wisconsin
- Providing pathways to employment with the U.S. Census Bureau and local businesses
- Hosting in-person and virtual candidate forums for several key public offices
- Administering $173,000 of home repair and rehab grants to 43 homeowners
- Investing in the repair of the Washington High School playfield
- Providing residents with food and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Deploying volunteer election inspectors at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club polling site
No one knows what 2021 may bring, but we have big plans nonetheless, including a celebration of Sherman Park Community Association’s 50th Anniversary, the BUILD Health Challenge initiative, a re-branding of the Sherman Park community, and the launch of a major fundraising campaign.
Our impact would not be possible without the unwavering support of our residents, volunteers, and donors. December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day to invest in the organizations you care about most by making a donation. We hope you will consider adding SPCA to your list or purchasing a membership. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!