Catholic Charities of Buffalo has announced the appointment of Kellie Ulrich as community division chair and Richard Cronin as parish chair for the 2015 Appeal. The appointments were announced by the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities.
With a goal of $10.9 million, the annual Appeal will extend from January through June 30, 2015. The theme for the 2015 Appeal is "Find Good Within" and the patron saint is St. Francis of Assisi.
As community chair, Ulrich will direct a team and develop strategies to reach youth and young adults including schools, youth ministry and faith formation areas of the Diocese of Buffalo, as well as parish organizations. In his continuing role as parish chair for the third year, Cronin will help to inform and motivate the Parish Appeal teams, which represent the 170 parishes within the eight counties of diocese.
Ulrich, a commercial litigation attorney with more than 20 years of experience, is currently self employed as an attorney. This is her second year on the Appeal leadership team, having served as vice chair of the community division for the 2014 Appeal. Her husband Steve was the general chair of the 2013 Appeal.
Kellie and Steve are members of Christ the King Parish in Snyder and have two children, Alex, a junior at Canisius High School, and Bridgetta, a 7th grader at Christ the King.
Cronin formerly worked for the Social Security Administration for 37 years before retiring. A St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute alum, he has held leadership roles for the school's Annual Giving Fund campaign and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was recently inducted into the Signum Fidei Society for distinguished alumni.
He received his bachelor's degree from Canisius College and his Master of Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. An active member of St. Margaret's Parish in Buffalo, Cronin has served as the parish's Catholic Charities Appeal chair since 1993. He and his wife JoEllen reside in the town of Tonawanda.
Since its founding in 1923, Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need. That need is varied and widespread - from emergency assistance to counseling and from specialized services for the elderly to help with job training and education.
Funds raised will support Catholic Charities' 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight countries of Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop's Fund for the Faith. The varied services and programs benefitting from the Appeal include food pantries, basic relief services, behavioral health services, counseling for individuals, children and families, and the refugee assistance program.
As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.
Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.To make a donation or learn more about Appeal 2015, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org. You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.