Reading resident is a WeTHRIVE! champion

On December 14, 2021, WeTHRIVE! held a Facebook Live event to announce the winners of the 2021 WeTHRIVE! Community Champion Awards. (If you missed it, you can view the short video here.) This week, we’re introducing you to the winners!

Donna Wiggins is a 2021 WeTHRIVE! Champion for Leadership and Initiative.

Donna became a WeTHRIVE! neighborhood navigator for Reading in 2018 and hasn’t stopped since. She is dedicated to making her community and the surrounding area a healthier place to live. 

tomatoes and cucumbers at farmers market

Donna worked tirelessly to start and grow the Reading Farmer’s Market, which brings fresh, local produce to the community. You’ll find her there every Friday, from May through September, but she does even more work behind the scenes year-round, such as finding vendors and running the market’s social media pages. 

Donna also helps run the monthly WeTHRIVE! in Reading team meetings. In 2021, she assisted with the kids’ bike helmet and safety program.   

boy wearing bike helmet, standing next to bike, adult male talking with him

In the words of Mary Zander (a 2020 WeTHRIVE! Champion), who nominated Donna for this award: “Donna continuously supports idea-sharing from everyone in the community and helps provide a platform for them to bring their idea to fruition through the framework of WeTHRIVE! in Reading, which she and others, like Sabrina Smith and Annie Hess, have helped establish and take root.” 

Donna credits teamwork

Receiving this award is a testament to the dedication of our WeTHRIVE! in Reading team members and my co-navigator, Sabrina Smith. Without all of them, none of these great initiatives would have been possible and I am so proud of everything we have accomplished together.

–Donna Wiggins

Donna is described as hard-working. She inspires others to get involved to make a difference and that makes her a model Champion for Leadership and Initiative. 

table at farmers market with signs and handouts about we thrive in reading

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