Vote for an outstanding volunteer as our Volunteer of the Year!

The Volunteer of the Year Award is an honor presented by Catholic United Financial to recognize an individual who, through example and accomplishment, provided outstanding volunteer service to his or her community during the past calendar year.

The purpose of this award is to recognize those that have gone that extra “mile” in volunteer service (i.e., meals on wheels, hospital work, visiting shut-ins, etc.). Through their tireless volunteer efforts, those around them have benefited significantly. These are people who rarely say, “No”, and are always willing to lend a hand.

Catholic United Financial will present a check for $5,000 in the name of the Volunteer of the Year to the honoree’s Catholic parish, and a $500 check will also be awarded to the honoree.

Questions? Contact the Member Engagement for clarification:


Voting Requirements and Criteria 

Voting is open from May 9 to May 23, 2021.

Adults ages 18 and above can vote.

One vote per person.

Voting form must be filled out completely to be counted.

All information submitted on the voting form is subject to the Privacy Policy of Catholic United Financial.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any organization or corporation other than Catholic United Financial.

No purchase necessary to participate.

Winner Selection

The winner of the Volunteer of the Year will be determined by popular vote by the public through the Catholic United website from May 9 to May 23 of 2021.

Winner Announcements

Announcement of the winner will be conducted at the Catholic United Financial Triennial Conference and Leadership Symposium in August 2021. The winner will also be announced on social media, in Catholic United publications such as Our Catholic Journey magazine, in the JoinMe newsletter, and on the Catholic United website.

Shirley Jelen of St. Leo, MN

Shirley is a tireless resource for St. Leo Catholic Church and the whole St. Leo community, where her service and willingness help keep the whole ship running smoothly. Read more...

Mary Lee Androli of Watertown, MN

The effect of one local woman’s volunteer efforts can be felt as close as a blanket on a chilly night in Minnesota, and as far away as the glaring sun on the walls of a girl’s dormitory in Africa. Read more...

Become a member and become something more

Membership in Catholic United Financial starts after you purchase a product from us. Membership means aligning your finances to your faith, and:

  • Making our grants, scholarships and incentive programs possible
  • Encouraging volunteer work and training
  • Fundraising for Catholic parishes, schools and religious education programs
  • Participating in the business decisions of a company that is member-owned and operated
  • Bringing benefits to your local Catholic community