Many of us can feel overwhelmed balancing our work and personal schedules. The same cannot be said for Mary Mathiowetz.  In addition to serving as Microsoft’s Operations and Community Manager in Minneapolis, Mathiowetz has taken on another role: leader in the local Minneapolis community. Mathiowetz is involved with a variety of philanthropic organizations throughout the Twin Cities, including the Jr. League of Minneapolis, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities, and the Emily Program Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating eating disorders through advocacy and education.

Mathiowetz has been an active committee member with the Jr. League of Minneapolis for more than two years, helping drive the organization’s fundraising efforts around Minneapolis.  In her volunteer work, she supports a variety of causes, including helping underprivileged children, where she organized efforts to provide them with food, backpacks, books and other school supplies.

In addition to the Jr. League, Mathiowetz has served on the Board of Directors for the Emily Program Foundation for three years and has continuously supported fundraisers, awareness outreach and advocacy for eating disorders. Mathiowetz’s work with the Emily Program Foundation is especially personal as she had a family member affected by an eating disorder.

Mary’s not the only Microsoft employee in the Minneapolis area with a passion for volunteering and dedication to helping those in the community. Microsoft recognizes employee donations and volunteering through a matching program.   As a whole, Microsoft has matched employee gifts of more than $7.3 million in cash, software and time benefiting local nonprofits. Since 2003, the company has given charitable donations totaling more than $66.6 million in cash, curriculum and software in the state of Minnesota alone.

Mary Mathiowetz serves as a great example of hard work and commitment to the Minneapolis community and you can also get involved.

To learn more about the Jr. League of Minneapolis, visit the website: http://www.jlminneapolis.org/ and to learn more information, including how you can volunteer and donate to the Emily Program, please visit: http://emilyprogramfoundation.org/.