Nonprofit of the Year – Small: Revitalize Milwaukee

Revitalize Milwaukee's Block Build convenes hundreds of volunteers to complete home repairs.

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:35 pm

Headed by social justice activist Lynnea Katz-Petted, nonprofit organization Revitalize Milwaukee has helped low-income city residents, including veterans and senior citizens, with housing resources and major home repairs since 2000.

Revitalize Milwaukee has become the largest – and only free – provider of these housing services in the state. With an operating budget of under $2 million, the organization collaborates with local government officials, community leaders and business representatives to provide safe housing for many Milwaukeeans.

In addition, numerous Revitalize Milwaukee volunteers have donated their time – a total of 2,404 hours in 2018, according to the organization’s website – and skills to help the organization with home repairs, administrative support and other tasks.

Revitalize Milwaukee has also contributed to the city’s economy by creating jobs for local tradespeople. The organization employs 15 to 17 licensed and insured minority contractors on a daily basis, according to its website. 

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