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First Annual Juneteenth @ the Commons!

At its core, Juneteenth is about a celebration of freedom and community. For Sweet Water Foundation, recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth is an intentional act of community-building focused on Radical [Re]Construction. Radical meaning “of or restoring to the root” and [Re]Construction meaning the rebuilding and healing of our community.  


Kolenda “Kokoa” Rattler is a local resident who grew up in the Washington Park neighborhood. Since she started volunteering at Sweet Water Foundation in 2015, Kokoa has become much more than a volunteer. She is an important member of the Sweet Water Foundation team and family who shares her time, skills, and connections with the SWF community.

2018 Grantmakers In Health Conference Visits the Commons

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Sweet Water Foundation hosted 30+ attendees from the 2018 Grantmakers in Health Conference (GIH). People from all across the country converged in Chicago from June 20 - 22 for the largest annual gathering of health funders in the country.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy