It's crunch time for Catholic Charities of Buffalo, with $500,000 remaining to be raised in the next six weeks.
The agency's 2013 Appeal has so far raised 95.6 percent, or about $10.2 million of its $10.7 million goal. The campaign ends on June 30, the end of its fiscal year.
To get there, the agency is relying on the efforts of its leadership team and 600 volunteers, as well as the power of the Internet and social media.
Already, campaign leaders say more than a third of the 167 Catholic parishes and campus ministries in the Diocese of Buffalo have exceeded their total dollars raised last year. Making the goal will mean that trend has to continue, said Stephen Ulrich, appeal chair.
"With 130,000 people turning to Catholic Charities for help each year, we must reach our goal," he said. "We're hopeful the generosity of Western New Yorkers will once again come through for us."
In 2012, the organization surpassed its $10.6 million goal by raising $10.73 million; while in 2011, it raised $10.6 million, $100,000 higher than its $10.5 million goal.
Catholic Charities is among the region's largest providers of social services, with programs including food pantries, mental health counseling, caregiver support and more. The agency provides services throughout the eight county region with 70 programs at 61 locations.
More information is available at www.ccwny.org, on Facebook and Twitter @ccbuffalo.