BUFFALO, N.Y., April 5, 2011 – ( release) Appeal Week 2011, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gets under way this weekend to celebrate the generosity of Western New Yorkers who have made a contribution to the annual Appeal for Catholic Charities and to encourage those who have not already donated to do so.
Appeal Week takes place in all parishes throughout Western New York through April 17. Parish volunteers will drive fundraising efforts at weekend Masses to surge toward this year’s $10.5 million goal.
This weekend, at least eight parishes will launch a New Donor Drive to encourage more first-time donors to consider giving to the Appeal. Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul (Niagara Falls), Nativity of Our Lord (Orchard Park), St. George (West Falls), St. Bernadette (Orchard Park), Christ the King (Snyder), St. Christopher (Tonawanda), and Lockport parishes St. Mary and All Saints, will give all parishioners an opportunity to donate to the Appeal. Volunteers will staff tables near the church entrance before and after Masses to talk with potential new donors and offer them a pledge card.
The 87th annual Appeal, which officially began Jan. 12, supports Catholic Charities’ programs and services across the region. The organization’s many outreach ministries benefiting from the Appeal include its food pantries, counseling for individuals, families and couples, efforts to fight domestic violence and assist victims, education initiatives and other human services.
The theme of this year’s Appeal is, “Whoever. Wherever. Whenever.” because Catholic Charities is always there, providing help for people of all faiths and walks of life when they need it most.
The patron of the 2011 Appeal is Blessed Teresa of Calcutta—a woman renowned for her life-long devotion and selfless service to those who were poor, and for her role as an educator, caregiver and crusader for world peace.
The 2011 Appeal will continue through June 30.
Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive direct human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services.
For more information on the 2011 Appeal or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org.