The Community

Our mission is to foster the full potential of people with criminal records through Pre-entry and showcasing their successes, humanity, and agency through Correcting the Narrative.

Our mission is to foster the full potential of people with criminal records through Pre-entry and showcasing their successes, humanity, and agency through Correcting the Narrative.

Tickets for the award show are sold out, but contact us to join the waiting list. And you can still donate to the show or purchase raffle tickets as low as $10 at https://form.jotform.com/211937499926170 for a signed Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey (with verification of authenticity from the Bucks), Bucks tickets, Packers v Vikings tickets on the third row at Lambeau Field November 21, a luxury NCMPRBL watch, and rock climbing passes at Turner Hall. You do not need to attend to purchase raffle tickets.

Tickets for the award show are sold out, but contact us to join the waiting list. And you can still donate to the show or purchase raffle tickets as low as $10 at https://form.jotform.com/211937499926170 for a signed Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey (with verification of authenticity from the Bucks), Bucks tickets, Packers v Vikings tickets on the third row at Lambeau Field November 21, a luxury NCMPRBL watch, and rock climbing passes at Turner Hall. You do not need to attend to purchase raffle tickets.

All In Wisconsin is a podcast partnership between The Community and the Wisconsin Decarceration Platform geared toward promoting greater collaboration in the reentry-reform-decarceration ecosystem and the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records.

Ways You Can Help

Free People Problems merchandise

See our Free People Problems page for fundraising merchandise options and info about the meaning behind the words and design. It’s more than a slogan; it’s pyschology.

Donate with CashApp

Donate with CashApp

Click the icon or use $thecommunitynow on the CashApp app.

Donate with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the Venmo app.

Donate now with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the Venmo app.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com 2. Log in with your regular Amazon account info
3. Add “The Community” as the charity

OR go to settings on the Amazon app on your phone and activate AmazonSmile, then add us as the charity.

Amazon will donate to us .05% of every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.

 

Donate with SociaTap

Donate with SociaTap

Donate to The Community when you sign up for SociaTAP here ($5 subscription).

photography image by Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography captures the vibrance of unfiltered nature to bring renewed hope and healing to those who need it. They donate 25% of profits from photography purchases to The Community.

Dev Cabin Technologies logo

Dev Cabin Technologies

Dev Cabin Technologies offers digital solutions for your business or personal needs, whether you need web design and development, apps, digital marketing, and more. Use the name “The Community” and they will donate 10% to us.

Free People Problems merchandise

Free People Problems Merchandise

See our Free People Problems page for fundraising merchandise options and info about the meaning behind the words and design of the logo. It’s more than a slogan; it’s pyschology.

Donate with CashApp

Donate with CashApp

Click the icon or use $thecommunitynow on the app.

Donate with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the app.

Donate Now with PayPal

Donate with PayPal

Click the icon or use thecommunitywis@gmail.com on PayPal.

Amazon Smile

Donate with Amazon

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com
2. Log in using your regular Amazon account info
3. Add “The Community” as the charity.

OR go to settings on the Amazon app on your phone and activate AmazonSmile, then add us as the charity.

Amazon will donate to us .5% of every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.

Donate with SociaTap

Donate with SociaTap

Donate to The Community when you sign up for SociaTAP here ($5 subscription).

photography image by Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography captures the vibrance of unfiltered nature to bring renewed hope and healing to those who need it. They donate 25% of profits from photography purchases to us.

Dev Cabin Technologies logo

Dev Cabin Technologies

Dev Cabin Technologies offers digital solutions for your business or personal needs, whether you need web design and development, apps, digital marketing, or more. Use the name “The Community” and they will donate 10% to us.

Some Of Our Partners

Fairshake
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Kohler Foundation
Milwaukee Turners
The Way Out
Expo Wisconsin
Community Warehouse
WDP
Dream Corps Justice
Endovo
Concordia University Wisconsin
Represent Justice
Marquette University Urban Outreach
MSOE University Scholars Honors Program
Employ Milwaukee Workforce Development

Our Team

Shannon Ross
Shannon Ross

Executive Director

Shannon served 17 years in prison in the Wisconsin prison system from the ages of 19 to 36. He created The Community in 2014 with the invaluable help of friends and family while finishing his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee’s Masters in Sustainable Peacebuilding program, a fellow with the Wisconsin Decarceration Platform, a mentor with Prisons to Professionals, and co-owner of a transportation company. To learn more about his speaking engagements and innovative consulting agency (Paradigm Shyft: Reentry Strategies and Consulting), visit his LinkedIn page below.

Ann Knoedler
Ann Knoedler

Administrative

Ann Knoedler is a retired newspaper reporter and the mother of Shannon Ross. She is also the Vice President of the Uptown Crossing Neighborhood Association and manages a community garden in Milwaukee.
Jim Kaufman
Jim Kaufman

Jack-of-all-trades

Jim is a polymath and former librarian who recently obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree. He spent seven years in the Wisconsin prison system.
La Shae Warren
La Shae Warren

Assistant

La Shae Warren is a Customer Service professional and has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She has years of experience enduring the hardships of supporting and communicating with a loved one in prison.

Our Directors

Tracie Sparks - President
Tracie Sparks - President

Diversity and Inclusion Talent Acquisition Professional

Ryan Ramnarace - Vice President
Ryan Ramnarace - Vice President

Co-founder of Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network

LaShante Boyd - Treasurer
LaShante Boyd - Treasurer

Finance Manager at W. Haywood Burns Institute

Aldira Aldape - Secretary
Aldira Aldape - Secretary

Community Engagement Director Americans for Prosperity

Keith Stanley
Keith Stanley

Executive Director of Near West Side Partners, Inc.

Gretchen Schuldt
Gretchen Schuldt

Executive Director of Wisconsin Justice Initiative Inc.

Kobena-Marcus J. Collins
Kobena-Marcus J. Collins

Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Steven Olikara
Steven Olikara

Founder of Millennial Action Project

Peter Borg
Peter Borg

Consulting Historian

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