Weekly Feature

2018-06-07 / Business

Catholic Charities schedules Day of Giving

A community-wide Catholic Charities Day of Giving will be held on Friday, June 8, throughout the eight counties of Western New York to raise funds for the 2018 appeal.

According to the organization, the first $50,000 raised that day will be matched dollar for dollar in an effort to help achieve this year’s $11 million goal before the June 30 deadline.

To date, the 94th annual Appeal has raised $9.8 million, or 89 percent, of the goal since it began in January.

Sister Mary McCarrick, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, said the matching funds are the result of donations from anonymous donors.

“The theme of this year’s appeal is ‘Love Your Neighb or,’ and we are extremely grateful and most appreciative for these generous gifts which will hopefully be doubled, thanks to our anonymous donors who are living examples of the love of neighbor the Apostle Paul was referring to in the Book of Galatians,” Sister McCarrick said. “Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes, this is a chance for the entire Western New York community to feed and bless our neighbors in need.”

Sister McCarrick said a variety of activities are being planned to maximize the special day of giving, including a round of second collections in some parishes of the diocese, while other parishes are holding split clubs or other fundraising events.

“We will be reaching out to first-time and lapsed donors as well as those who have already made a gift but might find themselves in a position to donate a few more dollars to this year’s appeal,” she added.

In keeping with the theme of “eights” for June 8, Sister McCarrick explained that Catholic Charities operates eight food pantries throughout the diocese, that one in eight people in Western New York do not have consistent access to nutritious food and how a gift of $25 would help supply a meal for eight families.

Buffalo is the site of four food pantries. The remaining pantries are located in Franklinville, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville. Together, the food pantries impacted the lives of nearly 5,800 people last year.

According to Sister McCarrick, the easiest way to support the Day of Giving is directly through the website, ccwny.org/donation.

Funds raised during the Appeal will help support the 70 programs and services provided by Catholic Charities at 61 sites throughout Western New York, along with a number of ministries that are part of the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

To donate to the 2018 Appeal or for more information, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400, go to ccwny.org or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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