Beloved community – we need your help.
Help us Continue to Thrive
We are committed to creating a future where we are all liberated from the systems of oppression that do not serve us, and where healthy whole communities can be built upon accountability and vitality, by our communities, for our communities. We have been quiet arbiters of change since our inception, and today we are struggling to fund the capacity we need to carry out this important work. We have responded to the national racial reckoning by deeply engaging with organizations and communities seeking to transform, and the demand is so much greater than our current capacity. We want to meet this moment, with joy and energy – healthy and strong – and we can’t do that alone.
Please consider making a one time or recurring donation today!
Our team at Center for Whole Communities is facing very real challenges – like so many diverse organizations working for justice and the environment, these pandemic times of physical and social divides have drawn on all our reserves.
Since the original vision for Center for Whole Communities was seeded by our founders 20 years ago, we have grown and evolved.
We have been raised and tended to by an extended community of food and environmental justice activists, farmers and foresters, conservationists, academics and artists, scientists and organizers, dreamers and healers. A whole community coming together to embody new ways of being. We’ve been practicing together, creating more equitable spaces together, breaking new ground, wilting, and reviving together, lifting each other back up.
We have accomplished so much together! Since March 2020 we have:
- Convened over 60 freely available Virtual Series offerings online, including a 6-month series on Black/Indigenous Solidarity, multiple practice series for embodied practice and spoon carving, and stand alone events with community partners.
- Launched Seasons 1 and 2 of the Dive-In-Justice Podcast, “real talk” with Delma Jackson and Dr. Shadiin Garcia on building ideal communities with our less-than-ideal selves.
- Launched a partnership with Pie Ranch, UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension, Stanford University, 50+1 Strategies, and the Santa Clara County Planning Department. CWC’s role is to support a deep, community-driven engagement process to inform the development of a “People’s Food and Farm Bill” to create a more just food system in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Launched the Vermont Conservation Leaders In Solidarity (VCLS), an equity learning journey for the predominantly white leadership of Vermont conservation and environmental organizations. As part of that solidarity work, CWC’s involvement was contingent upon raising equal or greater resources for a parallel initiative to fund the activities of the Vermont Renews BIPOC Council, led by a cohort of BIPOC leaders working to center Environmental Justice in state policy and climate action.
- Collaborated with farmers and conservationists to interview and produce the Farmers Voices Report, which shares the economic, quality of life, and water quality challenges faced by farmers and farmworkers across the state.
- Partnered with more than 10 organizations and foundations to introduce day-to-day practices and strategies that center justice and equity, and disrupt dominant cultural norms, creating conditions for systemic change.
With your help, we can accomplish so much more!
To donate by check, please mail to:
Center for Whole Communities
PO Box 5483
Burlington, VT 05402
To donate stock or make a electronic funds transfer, please contact:
Kris Butler, at info[at]wholecommunities.org
Art by Alixa Garcia