Catholic Charities today announced the launch of the 2019 Appeal. The goal for the 2019 Appeal once again is $11 million of which $1.4 million has already been raised. The theme for the Appeal 2019 is “Help your neighbor find HOPE."
“We thought it was important to share the good news of our early progress with the Appeal. We see it as an encouraging sign to the community and donors that there continues to be enthusiastic support for the critical programs and services that Catholic Charities provides to the most vulnerable populations across Western New York,” said Dennis C. Walczyk, president and CEO, Catholic Charities.
The annual Appeal helps fund 70 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York, along with a number of programs and ministries that benefit all parishes through the Fund for the Faith. Programs and services provided by Catholic Charities benefited more than 152,000 people in 2018.
The Chairs of the 2019 Appeal are John and Ruthanne Daly of Buffalo. John is managing principal of Trautman Associates, an architectural engineering firm and Ruthanne is a fifth-grade teacher in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District. They also operate O’Dalaigh Real Estate LLC, a family-owned development firm.
“We have great faith that the community, and in particular our supporters in parishes across Western New York, will once again demonstrate their generosity to Catholic Charities to help us achieve our 2019 Appeal goal,” said Appeal Chair John Daly. “With our collective strength we can ensure that the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities will help our neighbors find hope, now, and in the future.”
Catholic Charities expanded services in 2018 at various new sites, including the opening of the Glynn Family Services Center, which now brings all services provided in Niagara Falls to one location. In November, Catholic Charities announced the opening of its Workforce and Education Services site on the East Side located near the Northland Training Center. Also in 2018, Catholic Charities relocated its Cheektowaga office to the AppleTree Business Park to enhance family and community services.
Workforce and Education Services client Evone Hardy shared her experience since coming to Catholic Charities in December to earn a high school equivalency (HSE).
“Everybody is nice. Everybody is welcoming. It’s like a family,” said Hardy, who attends classes five days a week. “The classes are great. I’m the oldest in my classes but I like to give encouragement to the younger students to help them stay motivated.”
The mother of three children is working on her HSE and then plans to pursue a fashion degree in college. “All my children are grown,” Hardy added, “They all have their high school diplomas and then went to college. I’m the last one. I came in motivated.”
The 2019 Appeal will run through June 30. Parish Appeal volunteers will follow up with donors especially during Appeal Week and report their progress to Catholic Charities during First Report Sunday on April 7 and at the culmination of Appeal Week 2019 on Palm Sunday, April 14. Throughout January and February, Appeal volunteer workshops and events will take place across the region in the following locations:
The patron saint of the 2019 Appeal is Saint Faustina, a Polish Roman Catholic nun born in 1905 who lived her life in imitation of Christ’s mercy. Known as an apostle of the Divine Mercy, St. Faustina died in 1938 and was canonized in 2000.
The Appeal 2019 volunteer leadership team also includes Vice Chairs Jon and Heather Williams, Corporate Chair Lisa Wardynski and Parish Chair Rick Cronin.