by Jack Kelly | 08/14/2017 - 1:47pm


(Entrance to the Duck Pond/Courtesy of Channel3000)(Entrance to the Duck Pond/Courtesy of Channel3000) 

United Way of Dane County will begin its 2017 fundraising campaign on Aug. 22 when it hosts a kickoff event at the Madison Mallards’ Duck Pond.

The late-summer event will be the first of the organization’s “Season of Caring” initiative, and the nonprofit is hoping to bring together more than 500 volunteers at Warner Park, according to a United Way of Dane County statement.

by Lauren Thill | 08/14/2017 - 1:24pm


Even in the middle of the summer, the Simpson Street Free Press South Towne newsroom is busy with students learning and writing. The newsroom is filled with resources for students—from a library full of sources , to the volunteers who help students revise their articles.  

The newsroom exemplifies SSFP’s mission to actively help students learn in out-of-school time in a high-impact, effective fashion. 

by Jack Kelly | 07/31/2017 - 2:38pm

The Madison Community Foundation announced Wednesday their third of 12 major gifts totaling roughly $1 million as a part of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration, revealing their latest initiative from the rooftop of the Madison Children’s Museum.

The setting of the announcement afforded those in attendance a front-row view of the focus of MCF’s latest initiative: the Wisconsin State Capitol. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the government building.

by Jack Kelly | 07/26/2017 - 11:02am

In July 2016, the Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) — a program focused on exonerating individuals who were wrongly convicted of crimes — launched the Wisconsin Latino Exoneration Program (WLEP) in an effort to free incorrectly imprisoned Latino individuals. 

The WLEP is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the program to take on cases where DNA testing could help prove the innocence of Latino individuals, according to Maria De Arteaga, a staff attorney working with the WLEP.

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by Gretchen Christensen | 07/25/2017 - 10:07am


by Christopher Lueneburg | 07/21/2017 - 10:50am


A public hearing on the proposed bus stop changes on Monroe Street was held last Wednesday evening in front of the Transit and Parking Commission, giving community members an opportunity to voice their opinions.

The hearing was called to gauge public concern about Metro’s proposal to consolidate and shift the bus stops along Monroe Street, resulting in a reduction of 6 stops along the corridor.

by Gretchen Christensen | 07/20/2017 - 10:23am


by Logan Garcia | 07/19/2017 - 5:34pm

From its origins in Sun Prairie to its chapters in states from California to Connecticut, Box of Balloons delivers birthday parities to children in need across the country.

Nicole Moll, originally from Poynette, Wisconsin, founded the non-profit organization nearly four years ago to provide birthday parties to children experiencing poverty, according to her statement on the organization’s website.

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by Madison Area Bu... | 07/17/2017 - 12:34pm

At least as far back as ancient Greece and its Agora, democratic assembly occurred in open public space. People gathered at the Agora to shop, talk, make friendships, relax and refresh. What has that got to do with using the bus in Madison? 

Lots. Because in the last half century, shopping centers have separated the commercial from the noncommercial reasons for congregating and also at least passively separated bus riders from the rest of the public. Is it time for a change?

by Community Shares | 07/12/2017 - 2:20pm

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues.

Furman Avery, Grassroots Empowerment Project

by Samantha Loomis | 07/10/2017 - 10:10am

FoodShare recipients can now reap the benefits of Willy Street Co-op’s Double Dollars program year-round.

The Double Dollars program is designed to create greater access to fresh and healthy food for Madison’s FoodShare recipients.