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John and Carrie Weiss to head United Way campaign

John and Carrie Weiss have accepted the call to lead the 2011/2012 United Way of Southwest Colorado community campaign for Archuleta County.

“United Way is an outstanding organization that raises funds for local agencies that provide much needed services to our community,” said the Weisses. “We believe that United Way is one of the best ways to support all of these agencies. We are honored to chair this campaign and follow in the footsteps of some outstanding citizens of Archuleta County.”

Married in 2006, Carrie and John have lived in Archuleta County for years. Carrie moved here in 1981 and spent her 28 year career with the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, retiring in 2010 after 12 years as the district manager. Carrie was also named Colorado Special District Association Manager of the Year in 2010. She has been active in the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club and is a board member of the San Juan Water Conservancy District. Carrie was also a long-term board member of the Archuleta County Economic Development Association, co-founded by her stepfather.

After 12 years with Colorado State Parks on the front range, John moved to Archuleta County in 1990 to take the position of park manager of Navajo, Mancos and Lone Mesa state parks. After retirement in 2006, John took the position of Archuleta County Undersheriff for four years and retired again in 2010. He has served on a diverse number of boards including the Upper San Juan Hospital District, Airport Advisory Board and the Chamber of Commerce. He is currently an active member of the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, vice chair of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and a member of the United Way Advisory Board.

Carrie’s children, Emily and Garrett, attend Fort Lewis College in Durango. John and Carrie are proud grandparents of Emily’s two-year-old daughter, Jadyn. Since their retirements last year, they enjoy sailing, traveling, staying home, spending time with family and being active in their various volunteer endeavors.

United Way in Archuleta County has set a goal to raise $81,000 in 2011/2012 to support 18 programs that address local needs. The United Way Council has focused on improving three problem areas in the community related to education, self-reliance and health.

Partner agencies receiving United Way funding are: American Red Cross, Archuleta County Education Center, Archuleta County Senior Services, Archuleta County Victim Assistance, Axis Health System, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Seeds of Learning, Southwest Smilemakers Dental Program, Southwest Conservation Corps, Southwest Safehouse, Tri-County Head Start, Waldorf School and the Pagosa Springs Youth Center. As has been the case for the past few years, our partners are seeing big increases in demand for their services, so we are attempting to raise more money than last year to help them.

John and Carrie ask you to join them in becoming part of the solution by supporting these local agencies through United Way.

For more information about United Way in Archuleta County, call Lisa Jensen at 731-0484 or e-mail lisaj@unitedway-swco.org. Gifts to United Way are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Archuleta County United Way, P. O. Box 4274, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

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