While I was a student at UW-Madison, I became involved in the community for the first time as an adult volunteering at the YWCA Family Shelter. In 2005, I became a Big Sister to an 11-year-old girl, who is still part of my life. I have also served as a Girls on the Run Coach, a program designed to develop emotionally and physically strong girls. Currently, I am working on the Vera Court Board, which oversees Bridge Lakepoint Waunona Neighborhood Center (BLW), an organization that provides services for local residents to improve their education, employment, and overall wellbeing. I've been working—along with the BLW staff—to form a steering committee, where we have engaged the community to participate in developing plans for the future. It has been energizing to be part of such an amazing center that is creating a strong sense of community through providing services for kids and adults throughout the area. Late in 2017, we received great news; the BLW Neighborhood Center will receive $2.5 Million to build a new facility. It is the collaboration community, the hard work of the city and Alder Carter, and the dedication of the staff and volunteers at the center that made this possible.
Community service plays a big role in shaping my understanding of the needs of our residents.