Launched by Madison Street Church in 2009, commonGood is a faith-grounded, grassroots, asset-based community development effort.  We are focused on and committed to utilizing our assets to serve our local and global neighbors.

commonGood exists because of our desire to be instrumental in the care of and investment into our immediate (local) and surrounding (global) communities.

We call ourselves commonGood because we are committed to being God’s Goodness, or Shalom, in Riverside through common means.  Currently, we are using our skills and passions in the Arts, Childhood Development, and Sustainability.  We are in the development, planning, and fundraising stages for our Health Care Clinic and Social Purpose Enterprises.

Ten Thousand Villages:
We are in the planning and fundraising phase of opening a Social Purposes enterprise in collaboration with Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade distributor.  Ten Thousand Villages was established in 1949 and is one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization.  Its mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.  The company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.  Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income.  Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

For the past twenty years, Riverside Brethren in Christ Church, now Madison Street Church, has committed to the vision and goal of Ten Thousand Villages Through selling merchandize at an annual Alternative Gift Fair.  We at commonGood know that this store will not only contribute to employing thousands around the world but also has the potential to be hub to help the unemployed of Riverside with job and job training.

Sustainability Project:
The Sustainability Project is our effort in being a steward of the Earth and educating others to do likewise.  In this effort we have a demonstration Garden to share tips on growing organic crops.  We are also in the planning phases of opening a Community Garden in an adjacent lot near Madison Street Church.  We are part of the founding Garden Groups that in starting the Riverside Garden Council alongside others Garden Groups Growcology, Wood Street Green Team and Arlanza Community Garden.  We seek to encourage people to use more environmentally friendly alternative means of transportation through our Bicycle Advocacy and monthly education bike meetings.

Mad St Gallery:
The Arts Project is in partnership with Montage, a local Arts Group, and with them we provide opportunities and resources for artists to express and share their artistic expression.  We also just recently opened Mad St Gallery at Madison Street Church, in order to continue to share and engage the Arts with the City of Riverside.