Wetstein honored for 10 years with United Way
From the Crescent-News, June 29, 2016
Carrie Wetstein, executive director of the United Way of Defiance County, was honored Tuesday for her 10 years with the organization.
Wetstein was honored with an award and a banner proclaiming her dedication to the United Way during the organization’s board meeting. Her actually anniversary date is in July so the Tuesday celebration of her tenure was a surprise.
As executive director, Wetstein has accomplished many things. In 2009, she launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Defiance County, which has mailed out more than 28,000 books to local children (from birth to age 5). In 2010, Wetstein launched the Back Pack Buddy program, which currently services all Defiance County elementary Schools. The program continues to provide a continuous weekly support of nutrition to 3,00 children in the community. In 2014, she worked with area school to create kindergarten camp to give eligible students a week-long head start to build skills and confidence before the start of kindergarten. In 2015, she also played a critical role launching FlexRide, a pilot transportation program to bridge gaps in access to transportation for eligible Defiance county residents needing rids for medical, legal or employment reasons. This year, Wetstein helped organize a youth mental health first-aid training for guidance counselors and has partnered with One Step at A Time 5K Run/Walk to better help serve students in areas of mental health.
Currently Westein is working with guidance counselors and other local resources to create food and hygiene pantries in the county’s schools this fall for middle and high school students.
“Carrie will be the first to tell you she couldn’t do her job without the financial support and advocates in Defiance County, said Savanna Weber, marketing and Community Engagement Center director for the United Way. “Carrie’s job is to pull together people and financial resources in our community, which she has and continues to do very well. Carrie has raised over $3 million through our annual campaigns and connected our community to regional grants and other revenue, all of which have benefited Defiance County directly. Carrie is constantly challenging the status quo to find ways to not only meet the immediate needs of our neighbors in need, but to make the biggest difference in our citizens’ lives in the areas of health and education and financial stability.”
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