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Editorial: Catholic Charities has earned support

The positive impact of Catholic Charities is apparent throughout Western New York. The nonprofit’s work touches the lives of many regardless of religious affiliation and across age, culture and demographic boundaries.

The work is fueled by the generous people of Western New York. The 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal, the 93rd, is underway with a goal of $11 million. Today marks First Report Sunday. The culmination of Appeal Week is Palm Sunday, April 9, although the appeal lasts until June 30.
The work of Catholic Charities is epitomized by the patron saint to which each appeal is dedicated.

This year it is St. Marianne Cope, born in 1838 and raised in Utica. She was general minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse. Her good works inform the theme for this year’s appeal; “Finite Time. Infinite Good.”

As Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone said, “We all have a finite amount of time to make a difference in the lives of those who turn to us for support.”

Catholic Charities is the source of funding for achieving this goal. The nonprofit has 70 programs and services across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York. In addition, there are a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

More than 152,000 people – Catholics and non-Catholics – have been touched by the organization over the past year.

The organization’s Workforce and Education Department continues to grow. The Washington Street facility for education and job readiness services is also used as a central intake for basic emergency assistance and homelessness prevention. It also houses offices for foster care and adoption and the young parents program.

Workforce development and education expanded into Niagara County this past fall, and the nonprofit is one of four local organizations chosen to operate the Western New York Workforce Training Center on Buffalo’s East Side, scheduled to open in 2018.

Catholic Charities, founded in 1923, has been present in significant ways to provide emergency assistance, counseling, specialized services for the elderly, assistance in job training and education.
Catholic Charities has received the highest possible rating, four stars, from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, and the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.

Make a positive impact on your community. Give to Catholic Charities.

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