Caitlyn McCarthy designates funds in honor of her grandmother
It’s always fun to learn about the story behind gifts that come in to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) and recently we had the opportunity to meet with an individual whose volunteerism was acknowledged by her employer.
Caitlyn McCarthy was named Polaris’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Annually, this honor is bestowed upon an employee who is nominated by his or her peers for demonstrating exceptional volunteerism in their local community and for helping make a significant difference in the lives of others. As a reward, the volunteer receives $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization of his or her choice.
When choosing an organization to benefit from her volunteerism, Caitlyn thought of her deceased grandmother, Louise McCarthy, who had lupus and was a nurse in Minnesota.
“My grandma had lupus and because I saw it affected her greatly, I thought this was a really good cause to get behind,” Caitlyn said.
“Caitlyn is always the first to raise her hand and volunteer,” said one of Caitlyn’s nominating coworkers. “She always brings a positive attitude and a smiling face to any opportunity she can.”
And she brought that smile and a big check to LFM recently. We’re smiling too. Thank you, Caitlyn, for the great work you do for our community and to Polaris for the generous gift!