Obtaining an ID to Vote in Spring Primary
From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Start the process now for a free ID to vote  

The Wisconsin 2019 spring primary is weeks away and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) wants to be sure people know how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.

Most persons already have valid identification for voting purposes (driver license, identification card, military or student
ID card, etc.). There is no separate “voter ID.” Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements should visit
the Wisconsin Elections Commission website to check.

For persons who need identification to show at the polls for voting, DMV offers free Wisconsin IDs and has a process,
called the Voter ID Petition Process, if the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available. This
process, available free of charge, can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the
remaining documents or verifications are obtained. A list of the required documents is available at

Anyone with questions related to obtaining an ID to vote should call DMV’s Voter ID hotline at (844) 588-1069.
Questions regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information can be
directed to the Wisconsin Elections Commission has details

Start your application now at wisconsindmv.gov or at a local DMV Customer Service Center. To find a DMV, check
hours, services and wait times, visit

Community Shares Announces 2019 Big Share
MADISON-Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) today announced The 2019 Big Share will take place on Tuesday, March 5, to raise funds
and visibility for 70 nonprofit organizations advancing social and environmental justice in Wisconsin.
2019 marks the fifth year of The Big Share(tm) -a single day of online giving to benefit nonprofit members of Community Shares of Wisconsin,
as well as organizations featured by CSW as Inspiring Voices groups-Black and Brown-led organizations outside of CSW's membership that
are working to reduce racial disparities and advance racial equity.

To date The Big Share has raised over $1.2 million for participating nonprofits and encouraged thousands of people across Wisconsin to give
to local organizations, many for the first time.  In 2018 alone, The Big Share raised over $430,000 from 3,248 donors-shattering previous
fundraising expectations.
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of The Big Share, its organizers hope to push community giving even further by collectively raising
$500,000 for participating organizations.

"We are blown away by the community's continued support for The Big Share," said CSW Executive Director Cheri Dubiel. "The Big Share has
become an incredible platform to demonstrate that people across Wisconsin can come together to advocate for social justice and to protect
our environment."

Much of the excitement of The Big Share comes through matching donations, prizes, and events leading up to The Big Share and on the day.
Participating organizations develop creative, and often funny, strategies to help potential donors understand their mission and its impact.

"It's a unique way for donors to connect to local causes and make a difference--whether that's by making a donation or sharing an
organization's message on social media," said Dubiel.

In addition to attracting new donors, The Big Share has also helped participating nonprofits deepen support and engagement within their own

"The Big Share has been a huge catalyst for our board of directors to get engaged and excited about fund development," said Michele
Erickson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy, which has led several successful Big Share campaigns. "Not only are they involved with
planning our campaign, but they are sharing our work via their social media networks."

New for The 2019 Big Share, local businesses will be able to participate as fundraisers for participating nonprofits. Community members will
also have the opportunity to support CSW's seven newest member groups in this year's Big Share. They include Mentoring Positives, MOSES
(Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity), Omega School, Orgullo Latinx LGBT+ of Dane County, Positive Women for Change,
Rebalanced Life Wellness Association, and Voces de la Frontera.

Key to the success of The Big Share is the ongoing support of longtime partners and sponsors-many of which have been involved with The
Big Share from the very beginning. Most particularly, Madison Community Foundation, which has been a founding sponsor of The Big Share
from its first year and has helped ensure The Big Share can continue to make an impact in the community.  Recently Madison Community
Foundation announced a new three-year grant to support The Big Share through 2021.

"Over the past five years, the Big Share has proven to be an integral addition to the giving landscape. It's a wonderful opportunity to build
awareness and capacity for Community Shares and its 70 member nonprofits," said Bob Sorge, president of Madison Community
Foundation. "We are proud to be the Founding Sponsor and pleased to extend our primary sponsorship support for the next three years as the
Big Share expands its reach and impact in Dane County."

Additional support comes from partners like the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications, which has offered training
and support, with additional support from the Evjue Foundation.  Longtime media partners 105.5 Triple M Radio, WKOW TV, and Isthmus will
again be The Big Share's media sponsors for a fifth straight year.

Individuals and area businesses wanting to learn more about ways to support The Big Share are encouraged to visit  
http://www.thebigshare.org or to call Community Shares of Wisconsin at 608-256-1066.
SSM Health Unveils Newly
Renovated Behavioral Health
Madison, WI (January 15, 2019) – SSM Health St. Mary’s
Hospital – Madison has provided exceptional psychiatric care
for more than 60 years. Beginning next week, that care will be
provided in a newly renovated adult in-patient Behavioral
Health unit.

“We have a legacy of providing compassionate, respectful
care for our patients, treating them with dignity and treating
them the way they deserve to be treated,” remarked Christina
Mignon, MSN, RN, Behavioral Health Manager. “Now we have
a space that reflects the exceptional care that we provide our

The renovation and expansion, first announced in 2016,
includes a calming and therapeutic environment to help
patients and their families with a quiet, safe, comfortable
space to rest and heal. The redesigned and updated unit also
offers clinicians greater options for addressing patient needs.

“The new space will also transform the family and support
system experience, with more areas to participate in that
care,” said Dr. Matt Sager, psychiatrist, Behavioral Health
Medical Director. “Every piece of this beautiful space has been
carefully considered and constructed with the safety, comfort
and healing of our patients and their families in mind.”

The entire project cost approximately $5.4 million, of which
$1.7 million of funding came from gifts made to the SSM
Health St. Mary’s Foundation Restoring Strength & Hope