by Kaitlin Jackson
Appeal Week 2017, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, began April 2 in celebration of the generosity of Western New Yorkers who have contributed to the 2017 annual Appeal for Catholic Charities and to encourage those who have not already donated to do so.
Appeal Week takes place in parishes throughout the eight counties of Western New York, continuing through Palm Sunday, April 9. Parish volunteers will encourage and coordinate fundraising efforts at all weekend Masses to help achieve this year’s $11 million goal.
Although Appeal Week marks the strongest push for parish donations, volunteers will work to achieve the final goal until the conclusion of Catholic Charities’ fiscal year on June 30 if necessary.
The 93rd annual Appeal, which officially began Jan. 18, helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs and services across 61 sites in Western New York along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith. The theme of this year’s Appeal is “Finite Time. Infinite Good” and the patron saint is Saint Marianne Cope.
Appeal Week 2017 results will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center, 741 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo.
Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive human service provider in the region, serving people of all ages, races, faiths and walks of life. The organization impacted the lives of more than 152,000 individuals, Catholics and non-Catholics alike – over the past year.
Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need since its founding in 1923. 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. 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. Catholic Charities receives 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.
For more information on Appeal 2017 or to make a donation, 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.