At Outpost, we envision an ideal world where our community has access to organically and locally produced goods, is educated about choices that impact the environment, and supports a locally-based economy.
Outpost Community Partners is one way we strive to achieve this vision.
Every year four locally-based non-profit organizations are given the opportunity to partner with Outpost in order to build greater community awareness of the group and also raise much needed funds. Each organization will receive a $3000 donation from Outpost, one-fourth of the earned interest from Outpost’s Co-op Community Fund and opportunities to partner with Outpost on additional fundraising events.
Summer 2014: Milwaukee Riverkeeper
In an Ideal World..."People of all walks of life can enjoy the healthy waterways of the Milwaukee River Basin. When we have reached that goal, we know we have done our job to protect and restore our waterways."
Riverkeeper, Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Milwaukee Riverkeeper has established a watershed-wide network of trained citizen volunteers who monitor streams and rivers that collect information in a consistent and useable format. They launched their water monitoring program in 2006 and since that time have trained 240 volunteers who have monitored close to 220 sites throughout the Milwaukee River Basin. In order to operate this program they are in need of a little community support!
Please click here for Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Wish List.
For more information about Milwaukee Riverkeeper, visit The Journal Sentinel Rivers Reborn series, for a special report on the state of our area's waterways.
Outpost's 2014 Community Partners
Winter: Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center www.gliihc.net
The mission of the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center is to improve the health, peace and welfare of Milwaukee’s urban Indian Community. Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Near South Side, their medical, wellness and social services are available for people of all tribes, races and ethnicities. They work to improve health through local and traditional food access.
photo credit: Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
Spring: Victory Garden Initiative www.victorygardeninitiative.org
Victory Garden Initiative believes that growing your own food is the most ecologically sustainable method of food production, simultaneously reducing energy consumption while promoting bio-diversity. They envision a world where communities grow their own food, reawakening the intimate relationship between human and food ecology, advancing a resilient food culture. VGI teaches and promotes urban permaculture, builds gardens and organizes communities of gardeners.
photo credit: Sydney Leto, Victory Garden Initiative
Summer: Milwaukee Riverkeeper www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org
While their name, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, suggests they only protect Milwaukee’s rivers, they actually work to protect all waters within the Milwaukee River Basin, stretching from Kewaskum down to the Southside of Milwaukee and all the way to Brookfield. This area is home to more than one million people and this diverse community deserves access to public non-polluted water sources. Milwaukee Riverkeeper believes our river areas should be a clean safe oasis where urban residents can escape the city and enjoy the beauties of a natural world located in their own backyard.
photo credit: Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Fall: Milwaukee Environmental Sciences – A Milwaukee Teacher Education Center Charter School www.theenvironmentalschool.org
Newly opened in August 2013, Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School offers year round education, Pre-K through Grade 5, with a unique focus on environmental stewardship and community involvement. Using the Expeditionary Learning model, MES teaches through hands-on projects to explore topics such as water quality, urban forestry, ecosystems in nearby Dineen Park’s lagoon or gardening on the school’s planned green roof.
photo credit: Milwaukee Environmental Sciences
2013 Community Partners