Christine Matusik-Plas, Director of Community Impact Recognized as Crain’s Notable Women in Non-Profit

Christine Matusik-Plas, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Lorain County is Recognized as one of Crain’s Notable Women in Non-Profit 

Because of Christine Matusik-Plas’ efforts, United Way of Greater Lorain County has more than 150 collaborative partners. 

Through these relationships, Matusik-Plas developed collaboratives that deliver measurable results in educational achievement, living-wage employment and optimal health. She also led the development of the United Community Assistance Network, a collaboration of eight nonprofits that decreased the frequency with which low-income working families experience financial crises.

Matusik-Plas assisted in the development of the Collaborative Improvement Advisor, a 12-month development program that has trained more than 40 professionals who now serve as internal consultants to the collaboratives.

“Christine has transformed how we work with other nonprofit agencies in our community. In the past, we felt like we were carrying the burden of service alone or, worse yet, constantly competing with other agencies for scarce resources. Today, we know that we can count on our colleagues to respond to the need in our community and to work with us in preventing problems in the first place,” said Major Robert Sears, Elyria Salvation Army.

In addition to her work at the United Way, Matusik-Plas serves on the county’s Homeless Task Force and manages her church’s involvement with Family Promise of Lorain County.