Meet Cathy McDonnell


Cathy spent many years as a volunteer and leader in the HISD schools attended by her sons. Thanks to her years of PTO and community involvement in west Houston, she was introduced to Making It Better and has been a huge asset ever since! Cathy sponsors our grant applications to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women where she is a dedicated volunteer, an active Guild member, and is chairing our 6th Annual Guild Luncheon this month. We are blessed to have Cathy on our team of volunteers who are working alongside us to transform lives through literacy. 

When and how did you get involved with Making It Better? I got involved with Making It Better about three years ago when I was invited to attend the Guild Luncheon with friends. I’ve always been involved in the schools and the literacy program made sense. I love to watch things grow and develop whether it is a plant, a child, a needed program, or organization in the community. If I can be a part in any way, that is where I want to be. 
What has been your experience as a Guild member? I have had the opportunity to interact with some really talented, dedicated Guild members. I’ve enjoyed working with the children and families during the Family Literacy Nights and other activities. 
How has Making It Better impacted your life? Making It Better has made a difference in my life because I know the work we are doing through the Guild gives children in our community the chance to grow and thrive. 
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What are your favorite children’s books? My two favorite children’s books are Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise and Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day. 
What do you like to do in your spare time? My spare time activities include reading, volunteering, tennis, travel and family time. 
Why would you recommend getting involved with Making It Better? I am always looking to recruit others because the Making It Better programs are successful and make a difference in children’s lives. They have discovered and nurtured a winning formula. I have a great deal of respect for Jacque and the staff for all they continue to accomplish. 
In your own words, why is literacy important? Literacy is the cornerstone of our society and reading is the key to growth and development. It is the beginning of every child’s future, and it can open the door to so much creativity and knowledge right from their living room or classroom.