Fort Wayne Latina wins YWCA Volunteer Award

By Cris Marshall 

Rosa Moran Wheeler, the Community Development Officer in Indiana and Ohio at Wells Fargo Bank,won the YWCA’s Peggy Hobbs Award. Women living in Allen, Wells, Noble, Whitley, DeKalb, and Huntington counties were eligible for an award “to honor a woman of outstanding personal development, achievement and dedication as a volunteer”. The award was presented at the YWCA’s Annual Meeting on May 19. The reception prior to the meeting had refreshments and a chance to socialize and network.

The criteria for the Peggy Hobbs award is conduct indicating a valuing of diversity in its broadest sense and support for the YWCA mission of “Eliminating RacismÉEmpowering Women”, achievement as a volunteer, dedication to the volunteer arena and personal development.

Wheeler says, “When I’m out in the community, the commitment of our team members is all around me. Whether it’s offering financial assistance and advice to Latinos at Mexican Consulate events or providing indoor clean-up and landscaping assistance to a local non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, our team members are dedicated to making our community a better place to live and work.”

Wells Fargo Fort Wayne President Andy Veenstra said, “I nominated Rosa. She is a champion for local community and non-profit organizations, an advocate for local volunteerism, community involvement and outreach to Fort Wayne’s Hispanic community. Rosa’s mission has been the betterment of individuals and community. She continuously works to help individuals realize their full potential.”

The Peggy Hobbs Award is named for the woman who led the YWCA during the establishment of its domestic violence shelter. The Shelter is the oldest in the state and is a model for all other domestic violence shelters in Indiana.