Catholic Charities Volunteers from Cattaraugus, Allegany Counties Gather to Learn About 2013 Appeal | Community Spirit
About 45 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Jan. 26 for a volunteer training workshop and reception to help kick off the 2013 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
The event was held at the St. Bonaventure Clubhouse, Route 417 West, 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 Cattaraugus and Allegany counties contributed $348,238 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 more than 2,800 right here in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, 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.
“We protect families from hunger and lack of nutrition by offering basic emergency assistance and the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition program,” said Sister Mary. “We strengthen families through our Multisystemic Therapy program for at-risk teens and their families, and we empower individuals, couples and families through counseling – for grief, domestic violence, child or sexual abuse. We are there to help people find value in themselves and move forward with their lives again.”
An individual strengthened by Catholic Charities’ Intensive Case Management counseling program shared her story with the volunteers about how she was assisted through several challenges in her teen years.
Evin was 15 years old when she first received help from Catholic Charities after experiencing trouble with substance abuse and mental health issues. Understandably, her family was concerned about the path she was on. Three years later and with help from her therapist Katie Jodush, Evin is a junior at Randolph Academy, on the honor roll and plans to attend college when she graduates in 2014.
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 Evin’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.”
Patricia Fogarty, a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees and district coordinator for the Appeal in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, served as mistress of ceremonies for the event and described the services offered in the area, which include basic assistance, counseling for individuals, children and families, Multisystemic Therapy, Domestic Violence Offenders program, suicide survivors, Alzheimer’s caregivers and grief support groups, Kinship Caregivers, Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness program, and the Intensive and Supportive Case Management Program in Salamanca.
Catholic Charities services in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties are provided at 2636 West State St., Olean or 67 East Pearl St., Wellsville. The contact number for the Olean office is (716) 372-0101 and the number for the Wellsville office is (585) 593-2015.
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.