Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.
Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.

Faces of First Responders

Amy Clunan keeps a copy of the Beatitudes, made by her son in elementary school, on her wall at work.

A lifelong Catholic and an attorney for FedEx, Amy said, “the Beatitudes are inspirational and aspirational to me.’’ One of the ways she seeks to live out her faith is by donating monthly to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee as a First Responder to Poverty.

“The mission of Catholic Charities and its services speak to me as an embodiment of the fifth Beatitude – Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy – including feeding the hungry, providing clothing and sheltering the homeless,” she said.

During September, Catholic Charities is highlighting First Responders to Poverty because monthly donors are vital to our ability to continue in our mission. Amy knows that First Responders are important because “in order for a non-profit organization to provide the right services to the people it helps, I think it is important for the group to have a recurring source of income.”

She first connected with Catholic Charities through a friend in Junior League. After meeting with the director of the agency at the time, she was invited to be on the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, which she now serves as Board Chairwoman.

A native of Memphis, Amy received her undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University and her MBA from the University of Memphis. She lives with her husband and son in Collierville, and she is a parishioner at St. Louis Catholic Church where she teaches third-grade parish religious education.

“l love volunteering – whether building homes with Habitat for Humanity, teaching or providing pro bono legal services,” she said. “My family has been very blessed and, given that our blessings come from God, I think it is important to give back with all three T’s – time, talent and treasure.”