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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A Sun Prairie Way of Life

Our History

Sometimes small steps lead to big change. Such is the story of Sunshine Place, a nonprofit organization that cultivates community connections to spread rays of hope for individuals, families, and children in need. 

The organization began in 2001 as the vision of a group of citizens who felt called to help all citizens in the community thrive. Their vision became a reality in 2007 when Sunshine Place opened its doors as a single point of access for the local food pantry and The Red Barn, which then operated at separate sites.  

Today, Sunshine Place helps its Sun Prairie neighbors walking through hardships with approximately 150 acts of kindness per day. The 501(c)(3) organization, along with key community partners, provide food, clothing, beds, and other vital social services with respect and dignity from two Sun Prairie locations: 18 Rickel Rd. and 1632 W. Main St. 

Our Mission and Values

Sunshine Place spreads rays of hope for individuals, families, and children facing hardship.  In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, Sunshine Place delivers food, clothing and necessary services with respect and dignity.  We serve Sun Prairie and northeastern Dane County through approximately 150 acts of kindness per day.

Our Partners

Sunshine Place sees working together as instrumental in helping those in need. In addition to our own programs, we have partnered with other social service and non-profit organizations to bring essential services to one central location.  We want to thank our partners for being an important part of our Sunshine Place family to provide hope and help to our neighbors facing challenges. We couldn’t do it without you.

Sunshine Place partners with and supports the following organizations:

  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
  • RISE – Early Childhood Initiative (ECI)
  • Joining Forces for Families
  • Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • Porchlight – Home Mission Fund
  • Community Action Coalition
  • Latino Academy of Workforce Development 
  • First Care Clinic
  • Dane County Madison Public Health

Our Staff

Your donation helps Sunshine Place spread rays of hope to individuals, families, and children in need. Sunshine Place uses financial gifts to deliver food, clothing, and necessary services to families facing hardship. Every donation is a valuable pledge that transforms lives in our community.

Joanna Cervantes

Executive Director
director@sunshineplace.org

Ann Maastricht

Business Operations Director
ann@sunshineplace.org

Charlotte Kuchan

Program Coordinator
charlotte@sunshineplace.org

Our Board Members

2020 Board of Directors

Kevin Florek
Board President
Tellurian

Tom Anderson
Board Vice President
Buck & Honeys

Kelsey Kniess
Board Treasurer
QBE Insurance

Tammy Sullivan
Board Secretary
Community Member

 

Beth Mielcarek
Beans n Cream Coffeehouse 

Kalvin Barrett
Madison College

Mike Crooks
von Briesen & Roper s.c.

Brad Fulton
DeWitt LLP Law Firm

Deb Krebs
Bank of Sun Prairie

Dan Piorkowski
Tellurian

Joseph Schuch
Bank of Sun Prairie

Jim Ternus
Strand Associates, Inc.

Help a Neighbor by Donating Today!

Your donation helps Sunshine Place spread rays of hope to individuals, families, and children in need. Sunshine Place uses financial gifts to deliver food, clothing, and necessary services to families facing hardship. Every donation is a valuable pledge that transforms lives in our community.

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