The Catholic United Financial Fraternalist of the Year for 2011 is Carol Heltemes from St. Joseph Council #85 in Wadena, Minnesota.
In the past year, Carol coordinated her council's JOIN HANDS DAY project with Boy Scouts from central Minnesota. As Fraternal Secretary, she also worked on the council's matching grant fundraiser, children's carnival, and a joint picnic with the Bluffton Council.
When Wadena and surrounding areas were devastated by tornadoes in June of 2010, Carol worked with the Salvation Army and Red Cross to deliver food to affected residents. She also is very involved with Cub and Boy Scouts for nearly two decades. She is a board member of the Wadena Food Shelf.
Within her parish, Carol serves on the parish council, and is a religious education teacher.. She encourages the parish youth to work together with adults on volunteer projects, saying, "A person cannot expect volunteers from youth if they don't see if from the adults."
Carol has selected the Salvation Army of Fargo, N.D. to receive a $250 donation from Catholic United Financial in her honor.
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Bridget Walsh is the 2011 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Bridget is a member of Holy Family council #319 of Big Stone City, South Dakota.
Bridget has volunteered her time in her community in many ways, including sandbagging for the local area during past and recent flooding and helping with the "Bowl for Hospice" group. She is the reigning Big Stone Lake Area Princess, an honor student, and very active in drama and band.
With her council, Bridget has participated in Join Hands Day projects including feeding the hungry by filling hundreds of bags of rice for those in need. She helps out annually with the council Annual Easter Egg Hunt, youth games at the fall festival, and numerous turkey bingos.
Bridget has chosen to donate her gift of $250.00 to an organization called Someplace Safe. This organization is dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence.