Unlocking Communities
     Unlocking Communities’ unique approach ties high-quality, sustainable water filtration systems and stoves to a grassroots economy resulting in maintainable economic growth.
     We equip entrepreneurs with the education and tools to sell sustainable products that unlock economic, social, and environmental transformation in their communities.
     A global leader in providing educational opportunities through entrepreneurship training and the selling of sustainable products which transform communities without access to business incubators.
     By the end of 2022, we will impact 135,000 people in two countries leading to $20.2 million in economic savings. Nearly 95,000 adult tree years will be saved through reduced CO2 emissions.
     Josh Goralski is the Founder and CEO of Unlocking Communities.  With lifelong connections to Haiti and extensive travel experience in the developing world, Josh Goralski has over a decade of experience in the social sector. He’s done everything from analyzing global impact metrics to writing business plans to scale other organizations.
     He developed Unlocking Communities while pursuing his undergraduate and master’s degree in Social Justice. What started as an idea has turned into a successful start-up that has since helped thousands of Haitians. 
     Josh’s ability to network and connect with people has led him to bring together a diverse team committed to helping Unlocking Communities reach ambitious goal
     Julia Holmertz, Director of Operations, develops organizational procedures and coordinates the revisions of strategy documents.  She also manages communications between the Board of Directors and the founder and advises on organizational strategy. Previously, Julia worked at Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement where all work was done with the goal of helping all clients become self-sufficient in the US.
     Julia graduated from Loyola University Chicago in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies and a minor in Management.  She has a passion for learning about other cultures, which led her to study abroad in Italy and Colombia during college.
     Josh and Julia will discuss their project and talk about their plans for the future.  This will be an excellent opportunity to invite a guest or prospective member to join us at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Elise Cadigan will introduce our presenters and act as Rotary host.