When speech pathologist, Becky Payne, invited some of her patients to her 65-acre ranch in Wisconsin, she was amazed to see how one of her patients reacted to a cow that was in the pasture. This interaction planted the seed for Payne to create Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, which offers rehabilitation through licensed speech and occupational therapy incorporating animal-assisted therapy, hippotherapy and horticulture therapy.
Nonprofit of the Month
In response to the global pandemic, Cook it Forward was founded in Madison by Joshua Berkson, Patrick Sweeney and Francesca Hong to tackle food insecurity in their community. “Our mission is to create an end-to-end distribution network to produce and distribute healthy, fresh meals for families, seniors, and those with disabilities experiencing food insecurity.”
Rowan Childs founded Madison Reading Project in 2013 to provide engaging reading materials to all children in the Madison area. Here, Childs discusses the nonprofit’s mission, goals for 2021 (including opening a new, larger book center) and how the pandemic has evolved the community’s reading needs.
Since the 80’s, Literacy Green Bay has been a constant resource to help adults and families in Wisconsin acquire educational, computer and workforce skills. This month, the nonprofit hosts its seventh-annual award and appreciation virtual fundraiser to honor the individuals and organizations who exemplified Literacy Green Bay’s mission in the past year.