Today, we have the pleasure of kicking off RISE's blog series, Millennial of the Month, where we'll be highlighting awesome 20-something year olds in El Paso who are giving back and hanging out as a part of RISE.
First up is Margaux Dalbin who not only is an original member of the #RISEtribe but also somewhat of a founder. In her role as Community Engagement Coordinator at United Way, she, alongside the RISE planning committee, developed the concept of this affinity group. Read on to learn more about her and why she appreciates her hometown.
1.Tell us about yourself.
My name is Margaux Nina Dalbin and I’m a native El Pasoan, born and raised in the Manhattan Heights area. Growing up I always had a love for food and that’s usually the center of all conversations; cooking and growing food.
I moved back to El Paso after graduating from college and was interested in expanding the urban farm movement. That interest is what got me involved in the Bowie High School community garden project in 2014, where I worked alongside Senator Shapleigh to create a multifaceted garden that served as an educational and social gathering place.
After my experience at Bowie, I worked for the United Way of El Paso County as the Community Engagement Coordinator for a couple of years and I now work for EPISD as the Outreach Coordinator for the 2016 Bond.
Besides my work life, my favorite things to do are cook, organize dinner parties with friends and travel. I also have a slight obsession with my chubby puppy, (he’s now three years old) Peanut.
2. What made you want to join RISE?
I wanted to join RISE because after moving back from college in 2013 to a city I grew up in, I still felt lost a lot of the time. I wasn’t sure where to meet other young people and how to get involved in something that wasn’t a professional development group. I think RISE is a great opportunity for young people to connect and hang out (without using an app), while discovering what their city has to offer.
3. What is your favorite things about the El Paso community?
I think you can’t beat the friendly/laid back atmosphere in the El Paso community. Everyone here seems to know what life is about: family, close friends and good food. I think living in an environment that’s not as money-driven or materialistic can increase your quality of life.
4. What would you say to someone thinking about joining RISE?
I would say that if you are looking to meet people, discover the city you live in and give back to your community along the way, then RISE is the perfect group for you!
5. Describe your ideal day in El Paso. What stops are a must?
My ideal day in El Paso would be hanging out with friends or family, probably enjoying El Paso’s beautiful weather on a patio. I would say Hope & Anchor and Blackbird are some of my favorite patio spots in El Paso. If you feel like being more adventurous, hiking the 1,000 step trail in West-Central El Paso gives you a fantastic view of the city.