Riverworks Newsletter - August 2021 Edition

Riverworks Newsletter - August 2021

Greeting Friends and Neighbors:

The Riverworks team is growing rapidly! We are excited to introduce you to our newest team members, who bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge so we can offer more services to Harambee, Riverwest and the surrounding communities! Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!

Jamal Washington - Financial Coach

Jamal has worked in the financial industry for over twenty years. He works with clients to increase their credit scores, pay down debt, and prepare themselves financially for homeownership.

Donna Hopkins - Financial Clinic Program Assistant

Donna acts as the gatekeeper for all clients seeking help from the Financial Clinic. She greets clients on the phone and in office, enters and tracks data, and keeps the office running smoothly.

Yolonda Hardnett - Financial Clinic AmeriCorps Member

Yolonda has been a Riverworks volunteer for the VITA tax program since 2019. As an AmeriCorps member, she assists clients with preparing and filing their homestead, child tax credit, and stimulus.

Sara Czarnecki-Reynolds - Harambee Neighborhood Development Manager

Sara oversees the Harambee Quality of Life Plan, while developing strong relationships and promoting collaboration among the Harambee community. She looks to foster neighborhood cohesiveness.

Javon Dean - Harambee Quality of Life Support Coordinator AmeriCorps Member

Javon is implementing the Harambee Quality of Life Plan, which ensures that residents are aware of available resources and are able to access them. He also coordinates events and facilitates meetings.

Travis Spell - Business Development Manager

Travis works with small businesses and entrepreneurs by offering technical services including assistance with writing business plans, applying for grants, and securing financing for projects.


Upcoming Events

Don't miss out on this year's Beerline Celebration Weekend!!! On Friday, August 27th, we will have the third annual Music on the Beerline event from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, which will feature amazing local talent of various genres celebrating unity and art.

Then, on Saturday, August 28th, we will have the first ever Beerline Shuffle from 9:00 - 11:00 am, which is a 3 mile walk along the Beerline Trail, with art, music, community events, and lots of activities for the whole family! REGISTER NOW for only $15 to get some great swag and to help support this event!


Extraordinary Care from the Financial Clinic

Check Out Our New & Improved Website!

After a lot of hard work and dedication, Riverworks' Financial Clinic website has officially been launched! The new and improved website is interactive, and user-friendly! Check it out to learn more about our programs, resources, staff, and partners. With a newly expanded team of experts in all things financial, we will continue to grow our available services to help residents manage financial crises.


Neighborhood News

Center Street Fence Cup Mural PLUS the Alert Neighbors Program

Center Street Realized is a group of residents, community stakeholders, and business owners that came together with a concern for safety along Center Street. With the help of Riverworks, the group was awarded a grant from the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW), that is aimed at reducing reckless driving. Big art projects, such as murals, have been shown to passively slow down drivers as they experience the art. Students from Riverwest Elementary came up with ideas for the mural, and local artist, Aisha Valentin, created a master design. Then, during the Riverwest 24, hundreds of riders got to participate in installing plastic cups in the fence to bring the mural to life! Light pole banners will also be installed along the corridor in the coming months. Visit our website for more information!

Residents of the Keefe Avenue Safety Task Force were able to have RING doorbell cameras installed at their homes as part of the City of Milwaukee's Alert Neighbors Program (ANP). The ANP is a pilot program that provides funding for cameras, lighting, signage, and other crime prevention improvements to organized groups of residents, in an effort to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.


Creative Placemaking on the Beerline Trail

New Murals at Vienna on the Beerline Trail

Riverworks partnered with local artist Vedale Hill, in collaboration with Hood Design Studios of Oakland, CA, to kick off the development of the Vienna access way with two new murals on the Beerline Trail. The first mural transposes the image of homes on 1st Street in Harambee onto the largest industrial building along this section of the trail; Vedale was able to not only bring residential life to a space flanked by industry, but also pay homage to the work-life culture that existed when these factories were fully operational and many neighbors worked in them. The second mural boldly identifies the Beerline Trail and the work that’s still taking place in the district today.

We invite you to go take a look, take pictures, spread the word and enjoy the Beerline Trail. Make sure you tag us @RiverworksMKE!