The annual appeal for Catholic Charities of Buffalo is at nearly 70 percent of its goal, with pledges and donations for $7.4 million received toward its $10.6 million goal.
The announcement came following the start of Appeal Week activities, which run through April 1 at parishes throughout the Western New York community. Volunteers will continue working to reach the goal through June 30.
Last year the nonprofit service provider topped its goal for the first time in four years, generating cash and pledges $100,000 higher than its $10.5 million goal.
Catholic Charities provides 70 programs and services at 61 sites throughout the eight-county region.
Chairman of this year's appeal is David Nasca, president and CEO of Evans Bancorp, who leads a team of 750 volunteers throughout the Catholic Diocese.
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.