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New Green County Volunteer Network
Interested in getting involved but not sure where to start? Curious as to how your skills and strengths can be used to make a positive impact on Green County communities? The new Green County Volunteer Network, launching on Tuesday, November 29, will be an easy way to get connected with a wide variety of opportunities throughout Green County. The Network will also enable organizations to reach out, build their volunteer base, and engage more people.
“We have so many people with so many skills and talents. This new network will enable people to find ways they can help make our communities stronger – while meeting new people and having fun,” said Arianna Meier with the City of Monroe. This intuitive, easy to use web-based platform enables community members to search for opportunities based on interest, skills, and abilities. The Network showcases volunteer opportunities and charity events.
Part of the goal of the Volunteer Network is to make it easy for new residents to get connected and quickly build relationships with Green County communities. “We know that when people have strong community connections they have a higher quality of life and are more invested in our communities. This increases encourages people to stay in Green County. And as we improve our communities we make Green County even more attractive for recruiting a competitive workforce and growing businesses,” said Cara Carper with the Monroe Chamber.
Another goal is to use this as an opportunity to build leadership skills and community capacity. “One of the important benefits of this Network is that as we engage more people, this is an opportunity to grow the next generation of Green County’s leaders. This makes our communities stronger for the future,” said Victoria Solomon with Green County UW-Extension.
Interested in taking a peak before the official launch? Check out www.volunteergreencounty.com. If you are part of a non-profit organization that has not yet gotten connected with the network, please contact Victoria Solomon to get set up. This county-wide network is made possible through a partnership between United Way Green County, Green County UW-Extension, the City of Monroe, the Monroe Chamber, and Green County Development Corporation. If you have questions, contact Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator at the Green County UW-Extension office (608) 328-9440 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Spotlight on Hawk’s Mill Winery
by Terese Joranlien, owner
MC – Your Chamber Ribbon Cutting was just about a year ago. How have things gone over the first year since your ribbon cutting?
TJ – The past year has been a complete blur. We quickly realized our current production area was not going to sustain us, so we broke ground on a new production facility in the summer and moved into that in October. We started out with 6 wines on our tasting menu and are now at 11 with more coming. We launched a new wine package called FUN BAGS which has been a huge success. We’ve had some really great events in our first year, and continue with plans for more. We also started selling our wines through distribution, and are licensed to direct ship to Illinois.
MC – As a new business owner, I’m sure you had expectations before you opened. Have they been met?
TJ – Business has been beyond our expectations. In our first 9 months, we quadrupled our original business plan for the number of cases of wine sold. We’ve already completed our first expansion and are reviewing plans for an additional expansion down the road.
MC – What has surprised you the most?
TJ – The support of our customers and the local communities.
MC – What do you know now, that you wish you would have known then?
TJ – Make more wine!
MC – What/who are you most thankful for?
TJ – We are most thankful for our awesome customers and their support along with the Chamber, Green County and all the surrounding communities. We are also very thankful for the great staff that we have with us on this crazy ride. We couldn’t do it without them.
MC – What other things should Chamber Members know about your business?
TJ – We are now open 7 days a week – 11 am-7 pm through September. Our Winter hours of Wed- Sat, 11 am-7 pm and Sundays 12-5 pm will be in effect from October- April. Check out our website at www.hawksmillwinery.com and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hawksmillwinery/
The Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to welcome our new member: