JAMESTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 9, 2013 – About 45 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered today for a volunteer training workshop and reception to help kick off the 2013 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Chautauqua County.
The event was held at Roberto’s Restaurant, 2 East 2nd St., in preparation for the 89th annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.7 million and officially began Jan. 8.
Members of the Appeal leadership team presented information about the 2013 Appeal, including what has changed, how to run a successful parish effort, and ideas for gaining new, and retaining previous, donors.
Working under the theme “Protect. Strengthen. Empower.,” local Appeal volunteers will begin to reach out to individuals and businesses in the community to encourage their support of the 2013 Appeal, which helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs across 61 sites in Western New York (WNY). Donors from Chautauqua County contributed $395,402 to the 2012 Appeal.
In his first Appeal as bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone thanked the volunteers for their efforts and highlighted Catholic Charities’ impact in the area.
“Last year, Catholic Charities helped protect, strengthen and empower more than 130,000 people, including 4,900 right here in Chautauqua County, through its many programs and services. Our Appeal 2013 goal of $10.7 million will help us continue to provide this much-needed assistance in the coming year,” he said.
Bishop Malone was joined by Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities, who shared examples of how Catholic Charities’ programs protect, strengthen and empower the people they serve.
(Above) Sister Mary McCarrick, Catholic Charities Diocesan Director, offers an update about the agency at Chautauqua County volunteers and clergy, while (photo right) Tracy, a counseling client, shares how much Catholic Charities has meant to her.
Maria Perez-Cruz, Chautauqua County district director, described the various Catholic Charities services available locally, including basic assistance, counseling for individuals, children and families, Domestic Violence Offenders program, Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness program, and Chautauqua County Outreach which offers the volunteer-based Friendly Phones telephone assurance program and friendly visits to local hospital patients and nursing home residents.
Tracy, an individual empowered by Catholic Charities services, shared her story with the volunteers.
Through case management and supportive counseling services from Catholic Charities, Tracy has developed the skills to cope with many of life’s challenges. Throughout her association with Catholic Charities, Tracy has reported feeling both physically and emotionally secure to address a variety of counseling issues.
“Catholic Charities has helped me in many ways when I faced a variety of challenges through the years,” Tracy said.
Stephen Ulrich, owner of Amherst-based Granite Spine, LLC, and chairperson of the 2013 Appeal, commended the volunteers for the remarkable results of their past efforts, which made stories like Tracy’s possible. He remarked on the 60,000 donors to last year’s campaign and expressed optimism for this year’s drive.
“I’ve always said that this is an easy charity to love,” he said. “I’m confident that the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ spirit found throughout WNY, together with your hard work and commitment, will once again lead us toward a successful campaign.”
Joining Ulrich today from the 2013 Appeal leadership team were Michael and Maureen Pratt, vice chairs and leadership gifts chairs, and Richard Cronin, parish chair. Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Mattimore is the Community Chair, and Anthony Delmonte, Jr., Kathleen Lawley Best and William Lawley, Jr. serve as the Corporate Chairs of this year’s team.
Bishop Malone thanked all of the Appeal volunteers for their dedication to Catholic Charities and related their work to the example of Appeal patron Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a layman who co-founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“Like Blessed Frederic, each of us is called into a relationship with God and asked to give of our time, talents and treasure,” said Bishop Malone. “As followers of Christ, we are ALL challenged to serve those who are poor and most vulnerable in our community, and we are all asked to support the work of Catholic Charities.”
From left are 2013 Appeal Chair Stephen Ulrich, Chautauqua County Diocesan Parish Co-Coordinator Tony Raffa, Bishop Richard J. Malone, and Tom Muldowney, Chautauqua County Diocesan Parish Co-Coordinator.
Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, we deliver support to meet immediate needs and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. We are the most comprehensive human service provider serving more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of WNY with 70 programs and 61 locations. We receive highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in WNY.
For more information on Appeal 2013 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at
(716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org. Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.