Reach for the Sun!
Reach for the Sun is a campaign for people who envision a clean energy future. This is a grassroots effort led by three college students to bring solar energy into the people’s hands. By supporting this campaign, you are personally taking part in bringing clean energy to Milwaukee and creating healthy communities in America.
RE-volv, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is dedicated to fighting climate change by bringing solar energy projects to nonprofits and co-ops in communities across the country. RE-volv has partnered with students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to bring the next people-funded renewable energy project to the Riverwest Food Co-op in Milwaukee, a worker-owned cooperative grocery store.
By supporting this campaign, you are not only helping the Riverwest Co-op go solar, but also growing the Solar Seed Fund that will finance other solar projects around the United States.
The Riverwest Co-op is a natural food store and cafe located in Milwaukee’s vibrant and diverse Riverwest neighborhood. The co-op is dedicated to providing the community with nutritious, wholesome food and supporting local producers along the way. The co-op supports organic farming, urban agriculture, workers' rights, environmental sustainability, and equality.
The Riverwest Co-op is community-based, member-owned, and volunteer-run. The co-op goes beyond being a grocery store and cafe, providing a genuinely welcoming community that attributes their 14 year success to a business model that is focused on people.
By supporting Reach for the Sun, you will help finance a solar energy system for the Riverwest Co-op that will save them $40,000 over the lifetime of the system in utility bills. This solar energy system will keep 61 tons of burned coal from the atmosphere.
RE-volv’s mission is to empower people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy. To finance the solar projects, RE-volv crowdfunds donations from people around the country and around the world to cover the upfront costs of a solar installation. Once the solar energy system is up and running and powering the nonprofit or co-op with clean energy, the nonprofit or co-op op pays RE-volv back over time through a solar lease. The money is reinvested into more community projects, just like this one, creating a revolving fund for solar energy in communities around the country.
We are a natural food store and cafe located in Milwaukee’s vibrant Riverwest neighborhood. We are dedicated to providing the community with nutritious, affordable food and are proud to feature organic, local, and fair trade products. As a community-based, member-owned, and volunteer-run organization, we go beyond being simply a grocery and cafe, providing a genuinely welcoming community that seeks to create beneficial connections between the producers and people we serve. We attribute our 14-year success to a business model that is focused on people. Finally, we strive to follow the Seven Cooperative Principles: 1. Voluntary and Open Membership 2. Democratic Member Control 3. Members’ Economic Participation 4. Autonomy and Independence 5. Education, Training, and Information 6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives 7. Concern for Community