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humanKIND: Building Community and Celebrating Diversity on the Eastside Hill

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humanKIND is a new neighborhood group focused on “Building Community and Celebrating Diversity in the Eastside Hill Neighborhood, Eau Claire, WI.” A part of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association, this group will hold monthly meetings and and offer information such as the interview below. Stay up to date with humanKIND on Facebook!

Getting to Know Your Neighbors: Kimberly Cronk

Kimberly Cronk has lived on the Eastside Hill for about 19 years.   She bought her house, sight unseen, when her eldest son was two years old, moving here from New Mexico with two young children.  Her mother had scouted out the house for her from Rice Lake. Kim now has three sons, aged 21, 19 and 12.  She is a registered nurse and has recently taken the volunteer position of County Board Supervisor for District 28.  In her role as County Board Supervisor she serves on the Human Services and Aging and  Disability Resource Center Committee. She loves real estate in addition to nursing and has done some gardening on the side for a local couple for several years.

Kim enjoys living on the Eastside Hill.  She especially appreciates her many good neighbors, the diversity of ages, and the fact that the location is close to everything.  Kim feels safe in our progressive neighborhood. She enjoys getting ice cream at Nelson’s Cheese Factory, and would like to see even more small businesses like this. (She misses Tim’s Dairy!)  She would also like to see more neighborhood block parties, and maybe a time bank where neighbors would exchange services with each other or at least have a listing of services available so we can support each other’s talents and businesses.

Kim is passionate about “becoming an expert” in her roles as a mother, (one day as a grandmother), nurse, professional, sister, friend and neighbor. She strives to keep learning, improving, evolving and growing.   She is working on ways to make our community more holistically healthy and believes it matters where we choose to put our resources, for example, into schools vs. prisons. She also strongly believes in each person’s duty to invest in themselves, be ethical and strive for success.  We all have gifts to share. Her goal is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

Kim finds inspiration in an article she read by Michael Strahan which said “It is never too late to live the life you envisioned”…so start now!  Sankofa is one of her favorite movies.  She first saw it during a college English class taught by Dr. Tess Onwueme and it moved her and opened her up to new stories. She also admires the perseverance of the filmmaker to complete the film and share it. When coaxed to give a synopsis of the story, she insisted it should be seen and she is willing to loan a copy out to Eastside Hill neighbors!

One of the people that Kim admires is her brother. She says that he is a good father, an entrepreneur and a dynamic person. He also isn’t afraid to tell her the truth, even if it is not what she might want to hear. He has always been of great support and encouragement.

Kim looks forward to getting more involved in the neighborhood and watching it grow.

Interviewed by Traci Ohlmann on November 27th, 2016.  Thank you to Kim for being humanKIND’s first neighbor profile!

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