Reaching the larger community by fundraising and serving various charitable organizations

Service Awards

In addition to her professional career, Dr. McCareins champions several charitable causes, serving in fundraising and board leadership roles for various organizations.

  • Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service, Carroll University
  • Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Service Awards, Bruce Schurman Scholarship Program
  • Vision and Dedication Award, Itasca School District 10
  • Three-time Director of the Year, Knolls of Huntington Homeowners Association

In the Community

Food Drives for Hunger Relief

Click here to learn more about the awareness campaign Dr. McCareins supports.

National Day of Service 2011

Click here to view Dr. McCareins’ speech at Carroll University.

Touching Lives Between Touchdowns

Click here to read about Dr. McCareins’ family journey from college to the NFL.

Servicing Charities

Freedom from want – no one should go hungry

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…” Those words, uttered by Franklin D. Roosevelt decades ago, are in keeping with the mission of numerous food banks and food pantries around the country. Having been Board Chair of an Illinois food bank and having served as on the Executive Committee and as Governance Chair of a Naperville food pantry, I have seen the need and answer it through donating my time, talent and treasure to make a difference locally and nationally.

Reaching over the seas to help Upendo Village’s HIV/AIDS project in Kenya

Life’s most persistent and urgent question” according to Dr. Martin Luther King is “What are you doing for others?” For the Wheaton IL Franciscan Sisters and their partnership with Upendo Village’s HIV/AIDS project, getting involved in Africa was an extension of their ongoing mainland ministry to help those with AIDS and their realization that an entire generation in sub-Sahara Africa was being eviscerated by this disease. Sister Florence Muia’s efforts to build a global village of love and care while empowering the affected to take charge of their own lives through micro-financing programs is truly inspiring.

After the races end and their value is diminished… this organization has greyhounds’ backs

Not-for-profit greyhound rescue and adoption groups thankfully step in, provide medical care and loving homes for these noble creatures, and give them a second chance at happiness. Many other breeds are similarly underappreciated, making financial support to organizations that strive to provide foster care and permanent placement for peoples’ best friends very worthwhile.