Betsy Overton, new coordinator for Connection 4 Kids, is excited to take on the challenges of her new position.

Photo by Erin Fenner

Betsy Overton, new coordinator for Connection 4 Kids, is excited to take on the challenges of her new position.

Connections 4 Kids hires new coordinator

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Betsy Overton has long volunteered in the Craig community, but now she gets to apply her philanthropic side to her career.

Overton is the new early child coordinator at Connections 4 Kids. She’s taking over for Michelle Balleck who worked at Connections 4 Kids for two years before leaving to be the director of marketing and public relations for Middle Park Medical Center in Grand County.

Connections 4 Kids is an organization that reaches out to local families to make sure young children, infants to 8-year-olds, have access to resources: anything from healthcare to education.

“We’re really excited to have (Overton) on board,” said Corrie Ponikvar, executive director at Moffat County United Way and member of the hiring committee that selected Overton. “We believe she’ll do a terrific job.”

Overton had volunteered with Connections 4 Kids and other nonprofit organizations in the community for years. She was inspired by her daughter’s philanthropic work. She’s excited to take on a position where she can continue that good work

“You’re providing services and resources to young families,” she said.

Ponikvar said she was the perfect person for the job.

“She had some good experience around early childhood domains,” she said. Overton “is very good and very organized at event planning. We’re very excited about that.”

Overton started in January and is excited to jump in. The Downtown Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate is coming up, and Connections 4 Kids participates with their art show. The event will be a challenge, Overton said, but one she looks forward to.

“I’m starting off with the biggest event of the year,” she said.

Overton intends to continue providing the services that Connections 4 Kids has offered the community. Her goal now is seeking out volunteers to help with the many projects the organization is pulling together.

“We need people,” she said. “We are needing volunteers on our council and just more volunteers overall; bringing different people in from the community with different ideas.”

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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