Volunteers help better their communities by donating their time and talents to improving the lives of others. In the spirit of volunteerism, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is recognizing Marycatherine Parr for her work with the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter as part of the company’s 19th annual Community Service Program. Parr is an associate wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual – The Bender Financial Group, Westport, Conn.
The award honors Northwestern Mutual financial professionals that demonstrate exemplary service with a local nonprofit. In addition, the award secures a $10,000 grant for the nonprofit the representative supports.
March of Dimes helps women have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies. Since 2005, Parr has held numerous fundraising events and served on various March of Dimes committees. Parr and her family have been ranked among the top 25 Connecticut teams.
“My family and I began our March of Dimes relationship in 2005,” said Parr. “Since I couldn’t imagine life without my two daughters, it was important to support an organization whose researchers are seeking causes of premature birth and ways to prevent it, giving every family the chance for a strong, healthy baby.”
March of Dimes will use the grant to support research aimed at preventing birth defects, premature delivery and infant mortality.
“If actions speak louder than words, then Marycatherine is definitely a shining star,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Her volunteerism serves as an inspiration for all of us to share our passions with the hope of bettering the lives of others. Northwestern Mutual commends Marycatherine on being a community partner and example to all of us.”
The Community Service Program honors 25 financial professionals throughout the country who consistently work as exceptional volunteers in their communities. Since 1995, the company has donated more than $3 million to nonprofits on behalf of its representatives.