We are so grateful for the donations that have been pouring in to Occupy Madison! We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the community. Cash is always welcome so we can use it where needed, but we know that people like to give tangible items as well, so here’s our wishlist!
At this point, our major donations wishlist items are can be dropped off at 931 E Main #17 during the work shifts for the volunteers and people who are building homes to live in include:
Large pieces of cardboard
We are still in need of some tools, at the moment we need:
We are assessing what we still need in terms of welcome items for the people who will be living in the homes. Those items and others can be dropped off at 1901 Aberg Ave on Saturday Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov 15 (10 – 4), but we know we will need:
Laundry Soap & Dryer Sheets
Dish washing liquid, kitchen towels and sponges/scrubbies
Cleaning sprays, vinegar, bleach (for showers and bathrooms)
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered or offered donations during the past month! And thank you for being patient while we get things organized.
We have lots of exciting news!!!
WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN 3.5 WEEKS
On September 30th we learned from our realtor Clint Otto (eXp Realty) that our offer to purchase Wiggies Bar at 1901 Aberg Avenue was accepted. In the past 3.5 weeks we have:
Raised over $50,000 (over 450 donors)
Over 50 people have indicated they want to volunteer
Over 60 people have volunteered to help with donations of goods (Thanks to Chris Odt for organizing!)
Received Temporary Zoning (through June 1) approval through the City Council
Built a tiny house and had Fire Department, Building Inspection and Zoning inspect it. Ordered supplies for 4 more houses (will be here on Thursday)
Have a resolution going through the county board for a $200,000 grant
Worked with Bachman Construction and their subs (Hill Electric, Perzborn Plumbing and Harker Heating and Cooling), the architect Ed Kuharski and surveyer (Isthmus Surveying) to be able to start construction the week of November 9th.
Worked with One Community Bank and the appraiser (Masters-Hall) to get a bank loan to close between November 6th and the 10th
Are entering into a lease with Common Wealth Development ($1/mo!!! Thank you!!!) for space to build the tinier houses
Had 12 people go through orientation (limited to 6 per week) for the tiny houses and have added 6 people as members who qualify to apply for a tiny house.
It seems nothing short of a miracle that everyone has come together to make this project happen and we couldn’t be more grateful for this community cooperation and support!
The next steps for the project are:
Get the leased shop set up and ready for volunteers (Volunteers start Monday Nov. 2nd – watch for an email Friday or Saturday)
Closing on the property (November 6 – 10), prep the building for construction
Construction starts by Wednesday, November 10th
Build the fence (Weekend of November 14th and 15th)
Build a communications/admin team
Go Fund Me
On-line store set up
On-line auction set up
Sales of items from Wiggies Bar
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO GET INVOLVED?
If you are received an email that means that we have you on our radar screen and we are thankful for your patience with us! If you did not receive an email but want to volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have lots of people who have volunteered to do administrative things, which we need! I will be contacting them this week to set up administrative assistance so you all will be getting more regular updates.
Building the Houses
Our goal is to have the people who will be living in the houses help build the houses. So they will be signing up first.
Our second shift of people to sign up is for people who might want to be a shift manager or people with special construction skills. (This week)
And then we will start getting everyone else (Mid-week next week)
Donations of Items
Right now we have no space for donations, however, we will by next week. Please continue to be patient while we work things out!
Thank you for your continued interest in this exciting project and for your continued patience. We are excited that with so many volunteers and supporters we may be able to complete this project by the end of the year. We will be in touch shortly! In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Occupy Madison proposes two uses for the 1901 Aberg Avenue site (Wiggie’s). The first is a temporary use for the winter to allow 25-30 people to live in conestoga style huts on the property. The building will provide a kitchen, bathrooms, showers, laundry, Internet, common space, etc. The permanent use is a tiny house village similar to the one at 304 N. 3rd Street and that will go through a full planned development process.
Please join me and Occupy Madison Representative, City staff from Zoning, Planning, Community Services, Traffic Engineering and MPD for a virtual neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about this proposal. You can join the virtual meeting using your computer, smartphone or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudumrpzMsHtIKVuqHVEeQ649cwFAeBn8x
Occupy Madison tiny house village is a cooperatively run, self-governing organization. While the stewardship of the house is free, we expect active participation in our cooperative village, including helping us make money to pay for the costs of the village.
We regret to inform you that at this point we are no longer accepting new residents for our houses, we have more people than houses available. You can still request to be put on the waiting list at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a tiny home, email (or have someone email on your behalf) email@example.com. The process will be as follows:
Attend an orientation (Saturday at 4:00 at 1901 Aberg Ave.)
Attend two General Membership meetings (Sunday at 6:00 at 1901 Aberg Ave.)
For orders placed between Monday 12 pm and Thursday 12 pm, pick up is that Friday after 12 pm
For orders placed between Thursday 12 pm and Monday 12 pm, pick up is Tuesday after 12 pm
When it’s time, come to the Village at 304 North Third Street and look under the tent for the bag with your name on it
We’ll keep our OM spring plant sale open as long as we have seedlings available. Shop early for the best selection!
The seedlings have been grown in a rich soil mix with Purple Cow organic compost, soil, sand, and nutrients, and tended daily with love.
All sales support Occupy Madison Inc, a membership non-profit organization whose mission is to join together to creatively work towards a more humane and sustainable world. OM Village includes five tiny homes, a woodworking shop, greenhouse, raised bed gardens, and store (closed during Safer-at-Home). See https://occupymadisoninc.com/
Holiday sale and silent auction Dec 2 offers unique gifts while addressing homelessness
Madison-area residents can be part of a ho-ho-homegrown solution to homelessness this holiday season!
The OM Build – OM Village Tiny Homes: Occupy Madison, Inc holiday sale and silent auction will run one day:
Sunday, December 2 from 11 am to 3 pm
at OM Village, 304 North Third Street in Madison.
Raging Grannies will perform holiday tunes at 1 pm and Mike Winckler will sing folk songs at 11:15.
The sale will feature a wide variety of unique holiday gifts made by OM residents and volunteers, including Wisconsin-shaped cutting boards, holiday ornaments, holiday trees from reclaimed wood, handmade rolling pins, jewelry, decorative magnets, potted plants … and more!
The silent auction will include fabulous items from local businesses and artists… and more!
Shoppers at the OM Village Holiday Sale will enjoy refreshments and take tours of the OM Village Tiny Homes, 98 square foot residences that allow formerly homeless community members to enjoy warmth, safety and privacy in a supportive community on Madison’s east side. OM Village remains the only village of formerly homeless people to be integrated into a residential community in the entire United States.
Since Occupy Madison’s founding in 2011 and OM Village’s opening in 2014, the nonprofit has gained support from neighbors and admirers across the country and around the world. The proceeds from the OM Holiday Sale will go towards completion of the village, which includes adding community space, a kitchen and four more Tiny Homes.