On the 4th floor of the Rail Yard building in downtown Green Bay, you’ll find the Office for Collective Impact. This is the home to four collective impact nonprofits - Achieve Brown County, Connections for Mental Wellness, POINT, and Wello.
Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated one year in the Office for Collective Impact with an open house to recognize and thank the many partners that made this space possible. Before we thank those that contributed in a number of ways to help us get where we are today, here’s a brief recap of how we got here.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Brown County, our organizations like so many in our community went to remote work. As the time came to return to the office, all four organizations were in a similar state - in need of an office space to conduct a key element of our work which is to bring people together and a recognition that with smaller team sizes (the smallest being just one and the largest at seven), we may be able to have greater “collective impact” if we came together under one roof. This set into motion conversations with community-minded businesses and organizations throughout Brown County to turn the idea of a shared space for these “backbone support” organizations into a reality.
Elevate97 raised their hand to truly bring this vision to life. We were able to move into their beautiful space in the Rail Yard building (formerly the KHROME space) by subleasing the unit until December 31, 2023. In addition, they provided signage for our doors, entrance way, and conference rooms to make the space feel like home for us all.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and U.S. Venture, through a Basic Needs Giving Partnership grant, helped offset moving expenses and purchase the initial supplies to get the space up-and-running. Prevea provided an in-kind donation of furniture from a recently vacated office space of theirs. We now have desks, chairs, book shelves, storage units, meeting tables, waste bins, and white boards thanks to their generosity.
As our individual offices came together, we then set our sights on the conference rooms. KI Furniture donated items to furnish our two conference rooms including six folding tables, one conference table, and 26 chairs for us to host meetings. Camera Corner Connecting Point, the Chernick Family Foundation, and Associated Bank provided the finishing touches with their contributions to our technology needs allowing us to have two 70-inch screens and cameras in the conference rooms giving us access to host virtual meetings and presentations.
These partners helped shape our office into a place where we can continue to create positive outcomes and impact in our community. Thank you!
This story ran as our September Green Bay Press-Gazette column.