Volunteer of the Year Award

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Recognizing outstanding, selfless volunteers

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.

>> Who is eligible for the award?

>> What are the requirements for this award?

>> How will winners be selected?


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:


A Catholic of any age

Employees of Catholic United Financial and immediate family members are NOT eligible.

Members and non-members of Catholic United Financial*

Resident of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota or South Dakota

Award Requirements and Criteria 

Nominations are due April 30, 2021.

Nominations can only be made by members of Catholic United Financial.

Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.

Although past activities such as serving as a chapter officer for many years or contributing to an event year in-year out are important, information listed on the nomination form should focus on activities for the past calendar year.

The award can be won only once by an individual.

Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.

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...