MADISON, WI, Oct. 1, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County along with more than 270 Big Brother Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a
new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers.

“The need in Dane County for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Sandy Morales, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. “To
attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of
matching youth with mentors.”

Months of research, including focus groups with potential Bigs, as well as current Bigs, Littles, donors, staff, and leadership, showed that the brand was not
effectively connecting with younger, prospective mentors or conveying the urgent mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization is intentionally pivoting from
messages of the importance of mentoring, to messages of the urgent need for the adults in the community to step up to defend the potential of every child. The
mission will remain the same, as will the core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every
stage, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential, and our role as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures.

“In our community, we know that youth are facing numerous challenges. Our organization’s new brand is designed to help us ensure we can serve more children in
Dane County by recruiting more volunteers,” said Morales.

The brand repositioning and new look are just the beginning. In the coming year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County will transition to a new, modern,
nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and use the new positioning to refocus efforts on recruiting local volunteers.

Learn more about the new brand positioning, the look, or how to get involved at

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with a strong and enduring,
professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationship that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBS of Dane County serves more than 600 children in Dane
County. For more information about the agency, visit  or call (608) 661-5437.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County Unveils New Brand Positioning Aimed at
Volunteer Recruitment

Dane County’s mentoring organization’s new brand look emphasizes the potential inherent in all
Dane County Announces 2018 Partners in Equity Grant

MADISON – Five local agencies have been selected to receive the Tamara D
Grigsby Office of Equity and Inclusion’s 2018 Partners in Equity (PIE) Grants,
including the first PIE – Food grant in partnership with the Dane County Food
Council, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dane County Board Chair Sharon
Corrigan announced today.
“Dane County is honored to partner with this year’s grant recipients to support
their work to address racial inequities and food insecurity for communities of
color,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “This year’s recipients have
proven that, through partnership, we can ensure opportunity for all.”
“As Dane County works to advance communities often unheard, innovations
unheralded, and unique partnerships, I am delighted to congratulate the winners
of the 2018 Partners In Equity award,” said Dane County Board Chair Sharon
Corrigan. “Criminal justice improvements and  overall community wellness will
be enriched by the awardees.”  
Two agencies were selected to receive a PIE grant for proposals intended to
address systemic racial inequities in the criminal justice system.
The Focused Interruption Coalition will receive $40,000 to provide a culturally
relevant, community-based peer support reentry program. Their program will
focus on supporting individuals of color who are returning to the community after
incarceration to break the cycle of recidivism, and work to close Dane County
disparity gap. Their program will offer sustainable, evidence-based reentry
coordinated, cognitive behavioral intervention, supported housing, supported
employment, and peer mentoring support opportunities.
The Dane County TimeBank will receive $10,000 to support its Youth Court
program, an alternative to municipal citations that is offered throughout Madison
High Schools. Madison high school youth are diverted from the traditional
municipal court process in an effort to reduce disproportionate rates of contact
with the system amongst youth of color.
Three agencies were selected to receive the first-ever PIE-Food grants for
proposals to increase access to healthy food, land on which to grow food, and/or
food waste and recovery. Each PIE-Food grant that was awarded totaled $5,000.
The Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) was selected for their proposal to
move surplus food from commercial food service operations to the BPNN for
packaging and re-distribution to local food pantries throughout the area. The target
population for the project is individuals with low-income, the elderly,
communities of color, and individuals with disabilities who are experiencing food
Community Ground Works will receive a grant to support their Leopold Community
School Gardener-in-Residence program to help the school develop, coordinate,
and manage its garden. The program is designed to help children learn skills and
tools to combat food insecurities.
DSS Community Center Inc. was chosen to receive a grant to support its Youth
Employment Training Program (YET). The training program provides persons of
color with basic knowledge about gardening by providing hands on experience
through training activities at community garden sites. The program employs youth
to maintain the gardens and work to increase food security for their families.
To learn more about the Office of Equity and Inclusion and its mission, please
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Madison Public Library to Relocate Pinney Library
Current location to close at day end on November 30 and reopen in an interim
space in early 2019 as new library is built

[Madison, WI]— Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library, currently located at 204
Cottage Grove Road, will close to the public at 9pm on Friday, November 30, 2018
and reopen at an interim space at 209 Cottage Grove Road as the new Pinney
Library is constructed at 516 Cottage Grove Road. The current library lease
expires on December 31, 2018, with no options to extend.
A resolution seeking authorization to lease an interim library space at 209 Cottage
Grove Road sponsored by Alder David Ahrens was presented to the Common
Council on September 4, 2018, and approved by the Common Council on
September 25, 2018.  The library will relocate to the interim space during
December 2018 with an anticipated opening in early 2019.
“Multiple project delays meant that we reached the end of our lease at our current
Pinney Library before the new Pinney Library was completed, leaving a
significant service gap between having to vacant the current site and relocating
to the new library.” said Library Director Greg Mickells. “Using the space at 209
Cottage Grove Road during that gap will help diminish the impact on the
neighborhood, and allow the library to continue to provide much-needed library
service in the meantime.”
The interim library at 209 Cottage Grove Road, former site of an Ace Hardware
store, is expected to open in January of 2019, with opening dependent on
construction and technology installation timelines. The library will maintain most
current services and collections in the interim space; however that space will
not have a meeting/program room.  Pinney staff are working with other agencies
and organizations in the area to redirect requests for meeting space and set up
programming partnerships in order to continue community programming in 2019.
Pinney users will be notified by email and in the library about changes as the
close date nears, including alternate drop off and pickup locations for library
The future Pinney Library will be located in Ruedebusch Development &
Construction’s Royster Corners mixed use development located at the
intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road in a 20,000 square foot
space.  Construction on the building began in the spring 2018, with the internal
construction scheduled to begin in spring of 2019.  The new library is expected to
open to the public in early 2020.  
The new Pinney Library at Royster Corners will feature expanded seating and
meeting spaces; improved spaces for children and teens, including a Play Lab
space for young children ages 0-5; an outdoor space for events and programs;
updated technology; a quiet reading area; and a drive-through book drop. The
library will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED
Gold certification.
Those interested in learning more about the Pinney Library project can visit the
following sites for more information:
Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library
City of Madison Engineering Project Page
Madison Public Library Foundation’s Campaign for a New Pinney Library

About Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community
involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years.  Our nine
locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and
welcome 2 million visits each year. Visit the library online at www., madisonpubliclibrary on Facebook or @madisonlibrary
on Twitter.