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I was born and raised in Milwaukee; it’s been my home for 24 years.
I like how Milwaukee is relatively small in scale, but offers a variety of restaurants, bars, museums, festivals and fun activities. The number one reason I love Milwaukee is because of its unique events such as Jazz in the Park, Oktoberfest and MAM After Dark at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The main reason I have stayed in Milwaukee is because the majority of my family and friends live around the area.
My favorite spot in the city is the Third and Fifth ward. The atmosphere is so charming and unique compared to the entire city and the Fifth Ward is finally up and coming!
In regards to festivals, the main festival I attend would have to be Summerfest. The only reason I attend Summerfest is for the awesome music and the tasty food (which is the reason most people attend SF Duh!)
I heard Brandon [Tschacher] speak on behalf of Echelon at a Novo Startup event. He was extremely confident and showcased Echelon in such a positive light that when I left the event I immediately reached out to Echelon Milwaukee to join. I love Echelon because we help individuals within the community who need help the most. We have many social events, but we get our hands dirty and volunteer every month to make a difference in the community. I know I have my fellow Echelon members to lean on for advice and consider many to already be amazing friends. Echelon, in my opinion, represents young professionals who care about their community, the members want to make a difference and they are willing to step up to any challenge to help out the people in need in the city of Milwaukee. It’s not about us; it’s about the people of Milwaukee’s wellbeing.
The most memorable volunteering experience I had was volunteering at the Brewers tailgate by loading school supplies in the Salvation Army van for Milwaukee students in need. The most memorable event has to be Dinner in the Alley. I was on the board for the 2nd Dinner in the Alley event and it was great to volunteer my time helping set up the event in order to raise money for the community.
Milwaukee struggles with diversity. We need to stop judging others based on their ethnicity, skin color, gender or religion. Once the judging stops, we can accept one another and a stronger knit community is formed. The younger generations need to showcase love and acceptance to others; this will teach new generations to have respect and standards for themselves and others.