The Walden III Green School is teaming up with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) to raise funds for a solar panel installation on the roof of the SC Johnson Community Center within the James A. Peterson Veterans Village at 1624 Yout Street in Racine, Wisconsin. Our goal is to collect $20,000 through this platform. Thanks to a $10,000 RENEW Wisconsin “Solar for Good” grant, we have already raised funds to cover almost 20% of the total project cost of $56,000. An anonymous donor has agreed to contribute another $10,000 if we reach our goal of $20,000!
The James A. Peterson Veterans Village was constructed by VOW, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting homeless and at-risk veterans in returning to a life of independence. The village, which officially opened on November 5, 2017, is designed to give veterans a place to live and resources to help them reintegrate into the Racine community.
The village consists of 15 tiny homes and the SC Johnson Community Center, which provides 24/7 access to bathrooms, showers, laundry room, a full-sized kitchen, group therapy area, and recreation area. Support and guidance for Veterans benefits, job readiness, and life skills will also be offered in the future. This campus gives each Veteran a second chance by encouraging growth through socialization, confidence building, and education in self-care.
A 20 kilowatt solar panel installation will cost an estimated $56,000 and provide the village with over 27,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year. The solar array will cover most of VOW’s electricity costs and help sustain the program for the long term. The installation will also promote renewable energy solutions and contribute to the overall sustainability of the city of Racine.
Green School is the environmental club at Walden III Middle and High School in Racine, Wisconsin. Green School strives to encourage sustainability within the school and throughout the Racine community. In 2009, Green School raised $139,000 for a 14 kilowatt solar installation on the roof of the school that continues to generate clean energy to this day.