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Catholic Charities has earned community’s support for its extensive services to the needy

The good works of Catholic Charities benefit the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, in so many ways. All the more reason to support the $11 million goal for the 2016 appeal.

The major push for parish donations occurs during Appeal Week, which begins today, but volunteers will continue to work to achieve the goal by the conclusion of the organization’s fiscal year on June 30.

The nonprofit has the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator in recognition of its transparency and sound fiscal management, and from the Council on Accreditation for quality services.

The work of Catholic Charities is epitomized by the patron saints to which each appeal is dedicated. This year it is St. Nicholas, who was known for generosity and concern for others. Catholic Charities provided help to more than 130,000 individuals last year at 61 sites and across 70 programs. More than 50 percent of its clients are non-Catholics.

Programs provide basic emergency assistance; help with foster care, adoption and prevention and treatment of family issues; counseling and mental health services for all ages; senior services; and educational and employment services, among many other programs.

This 92nd annual appeal, “Find Good Within,” was announced in the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center in the former Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side.

It is there that those in need of medical services, from physical checkups to dental exams, will find help. The health center is a comprehensive, one-stop service center for immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo. The center was made possible through collaboration with Mobile Primary Care, Baker Victory Dental Services and D’Youville College.

In addition, the transformation of a former church building into a service center is a wonderful example of creative reuse.

The appeal’s donor stronghold remains the parishioners of the diocese. Businesses, foundations and other organizations and individuals also make significant contributions. The appeal deserves wide support, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, from those who believe in the generosity of spirit that embodies the mission of Catholic Charities.