Community Builders

A community is defined as a unified body of individuals. You can build community in a neighborhood, city, region, state, nation… world, at any level. It doesn’t have to be big to have a big impact. Building community is one of the most important things we can do on this planet. Connecting with others helps us connect with our humanity, and realize we’re all in this together. We interview different Community Builders around the region to share their stories, and to inspire you to build community as well!

Red’s IGA

Red’s IGA

By Kristine Jepsen • Originally published in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) Magazine Meatball suppers, spaghetti feeds, pancake breakfasts: There’s no dispute that food fundraisers are…

Lora Friest

Lora Friest

By Sara Friedl-Putnam It’s early on a hot July night, but Lora Friest bounds into Java John’s Coffee House in downtown Decorah as if the…

Mike Ashbacher

Mike Ashbacher

Community Builder: Mike Ashbacher / Decorah Fire Department By Benji Nichols • Originally published in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) For some, it’s the thrill of…

Lissa Carlson

Lissa Carlson

Community Builder: Lissa Carlson / Coulee Parenting Connection By Aryn Henning Nichols • Photos courtesy Lissa Carlson Originally published in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) When…

John Condon

John Condon

John Condon: Teaching the builders of tomorrow By Sara Friedl-Putnam • Originally published in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) This July, as they do each July,…

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