Occupy Madison Inc.
Our mission is to help alleviate homelessness one Tiny House at a time and to serve as a model for other communities to help alleviate homelessness in their community.
In 2014, Occupy Madison created OM Village, a tiny house eco-village in the Emerson East neighborhood of Madison, WI. It is the first tiny house village in the US that is located in a residential neighborhood. Four adults now live in tiny houses, each about 100 square feet in size. They share a kitchen and bathroom facilities and manage the village communally. There is one additional house that will be available soon.
OM Village is a community that hosts various workgroups.
OM Build workgroup priorities and oversees everything that gets built: from tiny houses to the products needed for the Store. The village has a woodworking shop where people volunteer under the supervision of skilled woodworkers to make wooden crafts to sell in the OM Village store. The shop now hosts fabric and jewelry making workgroups as well.
OM Grow does everything organic: garden beds, future greenhouse, selling/giving produce, bees, and landscaping. In addition, it hosts an annual plant sale.
OM Store's proceeds help pay our mortgage, utility bills, and along with donations and grants, are helping us to accumulate enough money to expand our Village to nine houses. The store is on-site, as well as accessible online.
The members of the Board of Directors are collectively responsible to ensure effective and fiscally-sound programs and operations by providing vision, leadership, advice, and direction to the members, stewards of the Tiny Houses, and volunteers of the organization.
We are a working board and are looking for potential Board members that have experience or knowledge in one or more of these areas— grant research, fundraising, event coordination— descriptions below.
Grant Researcher The grant researcher searches for grant sources that are appropriate for our organization's goal of obtaining enough funds to add an addition to the main building. The addition will accommodate a community room, a commercial kitchen, and laundry facilities.
Fundraising Group Coordinator The Fundraising Group Coordinator should have knowledge or experience in fundraising for an organization and an ability to work with social media.
Plant Sale Coordinator The Plant sales Coordinator should have a working knowledge of germinating plants, preparing the soil for the plants, and potting the plants.
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