MANDI People's Choice Award Voting

Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on August 19th. Click on any of the nominees to learn more via profiles written by LISC.

MANDI Awards 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Virtual
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Near West Side Partners Streetscape and 27th Street Rapid Implementation Project

Starting in 2019, Business Improvement District #10 (BID #10) and Near West Side Partners (NWSP) began an ambitious streetscaping project designed to tie together the area’s five major commercial corridors, while recognizing the unique character of the seven Near West Side neighborhoods. It has had a far greater impact than just improving the look and feel of the neighborhood, it’s also improved safety. Pedestrians feel safer and vehicles are driving slower.

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Milwaukee Christian Center Butterfly Park + Youth Artists United Murals

Over five years Milwaukee Christian Center, Community Muralist Tia Richardson, Muskego Way Forward and neighbors dramatically improved one block of Forest Home Avenue on Milwaukee’s near south side. Butterfly Park and the Youth Artists United Murals transformed the block with a welcoming pocket park and 200’ plus stretch of murals.

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Legacy Co-working & Innovation Space

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin partnered with JCP Construction to create a coworking space to launch new businesses. Located on Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee in a 4,212-square-foot building, this building contains not only the coworking space, but also the AACCW’s offices and SHARED, a community commercial kitchen for food entrepreneurs. JCP Construction was proud to serve as General Contractor.

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Project Return, Inc. Meeting the Needs of Formerly Incarcerated People

Project RETURN exists to help formerly incarcerated individuals make a positive and permanent return to the community. This is done through a wholistic approach to address the specific needs of each individual, whether it be employment assistance, addiction or mental health counseling, housing resources, or other supportive services.

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Anuwar Kasim

Located in Milwaukee’s south side, BRCW serves the nation's largest Rohingya community by providing families support during their resettlement process. Hosting education and health programs at their community center, BRCW relies on their ability to interpret, reach, and communicate with their community acting with cultural competence throughout the process.

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Bradley Thurman

Coffee Makes You Black (CMYB) is the manifestation of Bradley Thurman’s personality and love for people and the community. The space is considered one of the most diverse and culturally affluent places to gather in Milwaukee. Located in the heart of 53206, Thurman has organically nurtured CMYB into a place not only fit to dine, but to gather, celebrate, organize, educate, share, rebuild and aspire.

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VIA CDC's Home Improvement Matching Grants

Since 2012, VIA CDC’s Matching Home Improvement Grants provide homeowners with up to $1,000 and $3,000 grants for projects that improve occupant home safety and curb appeal. Homeowners match the grant dollar for dollar. Because VIA’s program is open to all homeowners, it has resulted in greater and more widespread impact throughout the neighborhood.

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Metcalfe Park Mutual Aid Project

The resident-founded and led Metcalfe Park Community Bridges lifts the collective power of residents to build a robust and thriving community. MPCB responded to the pandemic with Mutual Aid, designed to prevent COVID spread through delivery of 10,600 boxes of food, supplies and resources materials to Metcalfe Park families.

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Riverworks Financial Clinic

Over the last 13 years, the Riverworks Financial Clinic has worked with over 2,100 individuals to help them and their families establish financial well-being. Due to the pandemic, the Financial Clinic had to quickly pivot to meet the urgent and changing needs of residents, which brought its own unique set of challenges. RDC responded quickly and increase its services for low to moderate income residents in need of support.

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The Ability Center/Ramp Up Bradford Beach

RampUp – Bradford Beach is an innovative and standard-setting project that turned Bradford Beach into America’s Most Accessible Beach. Far surpassing ADA requirements, a smooth 100-foot concrete ramp, accessible double-wide mat pathway, and free use of custom beach wheelchairs has opened the beach and waterfront to all Milwaukee residents and visitors.

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The Innovations & Wellness Commons Phase 2

Located at 1609 North Avenue, (The Commons phase 2) is a 5,470 sq. ft. 1.5 story building built on the parking lot adjacent to phase one. Phase two includes street level commercial space, second floor offices, and a 2,000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace overlooking W. North Avenue. Walnut Way’s social enterprise, Blue Skies Landscaping, installed environmentally sustainable features on the rooftop terrace and parking lot to mitigate stormwater. Tenants include an array of services including mental health counseling, nutrition, and recovery, and the building is 100% occupied.

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Milwaukee Recreation Arts Internship Program

Since 2010, the Arts Internship Program has provided high school students with paid summer work experience in arts-related positions. Interns explore the arts in an in-depth and applicable way, while also gaining 21st century job skills. Nearly 500 interns have participated in the program, earning over $450,000 collectively

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