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Cultural Commons Park Project

The Cultural Commons Site Dedication

Date: Monday, May 1st at 12pm

Location: Pfiffner Pioneer Park, 1100 Crosby Avenue, Stevens Point.

Beverage and dessert reception immediately following at Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, 800 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481

This event is free and open to the public.


Cultural Commons Park Project

The Cultural Commons is an interactive garden and education space to be constructed within Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. TheCommons will provide a place to learn, reflect, engage and enjoy.   Further, it will be a place to celebrate our cultural diversity in historic and contemporary times. 

Please indicate Culture Commons Project if you donate on WNP website, paver and bench information can be found on the Support page of the Cultural Commons website.

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Vote for W/NP

Dear Friends of W/NP,

We make the utmost best use of what funds we have, and the employees at Old National Division Street Branch in Stevens Point (formerly Anchor Bank) are always ready to assist in whatever ways they can. (Even today when I had trouble getting my entry for this to go through, they were right on it.)  W/NP is funded 90 % by personal donations made by people who know what we do and why.  We have frequent visits to the bank;  making deposits, wire transfers, withdrawals, requesting “clean money” for travel in Nicaragua, or picking up change for our quarterly meetings and craft sales. The staff at the bank is top notch in providing friendly, personal service and we are so grateful to work with them!  The drive-through crew is certainly a refreshing way to start or end the day!

Old National has provided outstanding support to Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, most recently donating $5,000 to the Cultural Commons Park Project – we are 75% to the Phase 1 goal, so please consider joining in if you are able.  (feel free to contact me for park details or if you have questions about the project). 

Marg Simkowski, Old National Bank Stevens Point shared, “There are many reasons we decided to engage in this project. One is Diversity and Inclusion--which are cornerstones of our values at Old National Bank. We believe the unique contribution every member of the community has to offer builds a strong culture—so pledging our support to the Cultural Commons Project is a natural fit.  We are thrilled to be a part of a project that focuses on revitalizing the downtown, providing spaces for reflection, education and community while adding to our scenic Wisconsin River and Green Circle Trail. Our CEO says that the role of a community bank means the community is better because we are there and we hope our engagement in this project will do just that.” 

Below are instructions how YOU can vote for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners to Help win $1,000 from Old National Bank!

Old National Bank is giving away $1,000 to the top vote-getting non-profit at each of their branches through their “Choose Your Charity” campaign.

Please help us win by voting online at or by visiting any Wisconsin Old National banking center. They will give $1,000 to the charity with the most votes at each branch (We use Division Street, Stevens Point Branch).   And with your help, that could be us!      

ADDRESS for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners is  1209 Fremont Street, Stevens Point, WI  54481


Here are the rules:

  • Anyone 18 or older can vote once each day either online or in a banking center location
  • No purchase necessary
  • You do not have to be an Old National customer

The campaign is between April 3 - May 12, so vote now and vote daily! Please be sure to share this with other supporters of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners.  

Thank you very much for supporting Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners and let us know how the voting works for you

W/NP Booklet

Dear Members and Friends of W/NP,

Through 50 years of Partnership we’ve come a long way. The age of technology has made it easier to stay connected and work together. Each year new projects are developed while existing programs successfully move forward.  W/NP could not exist without the many volunteers who offer their time, talent and treasure.

Click here for our booklet that holds a snapshot of what W/NP is all about.  After reading about the programs, we hope you discover a way to be involved and share your talents. 

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”    Mahatma Ghandi


Linda A. Weber


2017 Martin Eyeglass Distribution

Each year the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI supplies refurbished eyeglasses to W/NP and the WI Lions for distribution in Nicaragua. Nearly 10,000 people are evaluated and fitted with eyeglasses annually by the Martin Eyeglass Project and the WI Lions Mission.

This year the Martin Project is traveling to rural communities in the Esteli and Jinotega areas of Nicaragua. Click here for photos.

Significant planning and resources from a vast group of participants, make clear sight and improved vision a reality for many who otherwise may have no other options. This project is made possible by Lions International. There are approximately 20 Lions centers worldwide that coordinate, sort, clean, categorize, box and label donated eyeglasses to prepare for distribution to developing countries such as Nicaragua.



Annual Fund Drive

Sustainability is paramount in what W/NP has been able to accomplish over its 50 years of  continuous projects in Nicaragua.  The mission is simple and effective:  ALL WHO ARE
INVOLVED (in various aspects) improve their quality of life in practical and sustainable ways.  
Your financial contributions are greatly appreciated and are put directly to work.  The Nicaraguans have proven that every element of goodwill pays huge humanitarian dividends over time. 

This comment from Nicaragua exemplifies their philosophy:   Everything we do with the different projects is done with love and passion, and we do it because we care for other people and believe we can make a difference and improve their lives.”


Our volunteers and supporters recognize that the organization is a good investment in citizen diplomacy focused on grassroots humanitarian projects.   W/NP encourages individuals and groups to take the lead in creating and sustaining whatever the project may be.  These capable Nicaraguans have done wonders with every project such as the Learning Centers, lending libraries, burn project, youth development, women’s empowerment, sports, leadership development and many others. 


Click here for the annual fund drive letter


An amazing group of people in both countries working together to help those in need through education, support and inspiration.”       Ray Gausmann, W/NP volunteer 



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