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December 12, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Coniglio McClure

by PBUnitedWay

Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.

Cara Coniglio McClure has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for years.  Cara serves on our Executive Committee and has previously served on our Allocation Committee.  Cara is also the Chair for the Islanders, a group of young volunteers who support the Town of Palm Beach United Way and host the Turkey Trot every year.  We sat down with Cara to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.

What made you choose to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
I grew up with my mother very active in the Town of Palm Beach United Way so it just seemed like the natural step to volunteer there when I became an adult.

What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
I love how Beth and the staff maintain such a high level of professionalism while making it feel like a casual, family environment at the same time.

What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
I have learned how to event plan, set goals and not only execute them but over-achieve, and most importantly, I have learned how generous this community is with their money and time.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I sell houses, spend time with my family, do water sports, and sing!

What is your most memorable volunteer moment?
Our first year at the Turkey Trot. Beth and Nancy were such troopers and welcomed the idea of a running race even though it was “organic” to put it lightly. We had no idea who would show up and the volunteers consisted of my family members and friends. We had about 50 runners and it was a hilarious event. There were many participants who had stayed out way too late the night before and it proved a humorous event to watch. My sisters were timing the race and kept forgetting to write down the correct times so were making them up when people asked how they did. Beth just laughed and enjoyed the ride, which was so kind considering how she usually runs a United Way event. As always, she had the bigger picture in mind and was already scheming what this race could one day be.

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