BUFFALO - The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced today Catholic Charities' 90th annual Appeal has raised $7,941,945.04 to date, representing 73.5 percent of the $10.8 million goal. So far Chautauqua County has raised $287,506.82.
The total includes monies collected and reported by many parish volunteers during the opening weekend (April 5-6) of Appeal Week 2014, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.
Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities' 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties.
Appeal chairpersons Michael and Maureen Pratt speak as CEO Dennis Walczyk and Bishop Richard J. Malone listen.
Parish volunteers across Western New York will continue to participate in Appeal Week activities through next weekend. They will again collect and report contributions to Catholic Charities on April 13. Appeal Week celebrates and recognizes the support of Western New Yorkers who have made a contribution to the annual Appeal, and encourages those who have not already donated to do so.
After Appeal Week, volunteers will continue their efforts to help achieve the campaign's final goal by June 30, the end of Catholic Charities' fiscal year, if not sooner.
Bishop Malone praised the Appeal team for their efforts during a difficult winter, traveling across Western New York to meet with Appeal volunteers, pastors and other supporters. He also recognized the parish volunteers' efforts.
"Our community, corporate, parish and leadership gift divisions have all been 'heart at work' these past three months helping raise funds that will allow Catholic Charities to continue making a tremendous impact in the lives of more than 138,000 neighbors in need, Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
"Thankfully, it appears spring has finally arrived and we now find ourselves advancing not only on our Lenten journey, but also toward this year's goal of $10.8 million," Bishop Malone said.
For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.
For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator.
To make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to ccwny.org. Catholic Charities is on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo.