Archive for May, 2013

Free on Friday? Come enjoy an evening of sacred music with The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Join us for an evening of Sacred Music with the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir.

When?  Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Where? Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 1925 Route 82, Lagrangevillle, NY  12540.

Brought  to you by:

  • Catholic Charities Community Services – Dutchess County
  • The Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley
  • Astor Services for Children & Families
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish

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Teaming Up with Corporate Volunteers, Artist Brightens Lives

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Theresa Flaherty turns on a projector and casts her blueprint onto an 18-square-foot canvas divided into six equal sections  temporarily housed in a Terrance Cardinal Cooke Catholic Center conference room.  After pairing her inspiration with hours of painstaking computer design work, this Catholic Charities volunteer’s creation is ready to roll.

Her creativity provides the essential link between corporate volunteers yearning to brighten the lives of persons in need and locations where some of those served by Catholic Charities live and thrive.

Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope, for example, provides supportive housing and vocational transition programs for persons challenged by mental illness.  While providing much needed services, the sites could benefit from brightening.

Meanwhile, corporate volunteers from the financial services company Deloitte LLP and the media company Viacom offered their help to cheer up these sites.

But their know-how was in business, not in art.

So Catholic Charities Director of Volunteer Services Staci-Jo Bruce advertised for a volunteer mural artist to design paint-by-number-type canvases that corporate volunteer groups could complete.  Voila…Theresa saw the ad posted and signed right up.

“A lot of art out now is about self expression,” Theresa says, as she traces her projected design on to the canvases.  “I want to go someplace else, to give something to the viewer to uplift them.”

Once she finishes her outlines, corporate volunteers can dawn aprons, pick up paint brushes and try their hands in a new line of work.

They have already completed six designs — 36 canvases all told — that now brighten Beacon of Hope locations.

“The unusual coupling of artists with corporate volunteers and persons in need creates a dynamic where everyone wins,” says Damian Buzzerio, who assists with the Catholic Charities volunteer program.

For corporate volunteers, it offers a morale booster where artistic clerks and less artistic bosses swap leadership roles as they take advantage of the opportunity to help those in need.

For Theresa, who earns her living as a book and poster illustrator, volunteering provides a stress reliever that offers an opportunity to create according to her own inspiration.

And for Beacon of Hope residents, the donated art serves as an uplifting reminder that people, many of whom they never meet, care enough to brighten their homes and lives.

“I think art should be where you need it,” Theresa says, “for regular people and not just in galleries.”

Artistic or not, you can make a difference.

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Nearly Two Years since Hurricane Irene, Disaster Recovery Continues

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

 

Ron and Linda Potwin sit Friday in the living room. The Leader Herald

Buckets and bowls are stacked in a corner of Ron and Linda Potwin’s living room, ready to catch rainwater from a leaking roof.

Parts of the ceiling, bowed and cracked, are supported by beams and poles.

“The roof only leaks when it rains,” Ron says, showing the couple’s ability to stay lighthearted in the face of a struggle that’s been ongoing since August 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene battered the region with heavy rains, wind and flooding.

Through 51 years of marriage, the Potwins have overcome struggles through their faith, hope and strength.

They’re now on their way to having life restored to normal after connecting with a disaster case manager at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, an organization that’s associated with the Fulton Montgomery Long Term Recovery Committee.

“It’s a blessing, believe me,” Linda said. “I just thank God for it, because we never could have done it on our own.”

Catholic Charities New York, in recognition for its success helping victims within the Archdiocese of New York recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, now provides disaster recovery services beyond the Hudson Valley.  The Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management Program works directly with the New York State Office of Emergency Management and 24 partner agencies to provide ongoing case management for nearly 10,000 families recovering from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Superstorm Sandy spread over 34 counties from Long Island to the Canadian border. While many short-term goals following these massive storms have been met, Catholic Charities is now focusing on helping families with long-term case management to rebuild their homes and lives.

Read the Potwin’s full story published in The Leader Herald.

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Golfers Tee Off to Fight Hunger

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Former New York Jet Joe Klecko and former New York Met Rusty Staub with Cardinal Dolan

By Alice Kenny

Ignoring an autumn-like chill on this otherwise sunny May 13th day, 233 golfers teed off at the 27th Annual Cardinal’s Open to raise nearly $700,000 for Catholic Charities programs that provide help to New Yorkers in need.

A signature event of the Cardinal’s Committee, for Charity the Cardinal’s Open is held each year at the historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

Following a shotgun start, golfers began their rounds on the East and West Courses, competing in longest drive, closest-to-the pin and hole-in-one competitions.

A cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the course topped off the evening.  Former New York Jet Joe Klecko joined former New York Met Rusty Staub to auction a variety items that raise funds for persons in need.  Some of the hottest items included threesomes at elite New York golf courses, dinner for four at Rao’s, and golf packages to Pebble Beach and Kiawah Island.

But perhaps the most meaningful were individually auctioned bottles of Silver Oak, Beaulieu Vineyard, and fine Italian wines.    Emphasizing  the purpose behind the golf event, Mr. Staub announced that $250 can feed a family of five for a month.  Golfers responded by buying 93 bottles of wine, priced at $250 per bottle, to fight the battle against hunger in New York.

The Cardinal’s Committee for Charity (CCC) is a membership of caring leaders in the New York business community who support Catholic Charities at the request His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The generosity of the members of CCC enables tens of thousands of individuals and families live with greater dignity through the compassionate help of Catholic Charities.

Learn more about the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity.

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Join us:  Contact Norma Ragalli
norma.ragalli@archny.org
646-794-2443

Catholic Charities Gala Benefit: Creating Partnerships Among New Yorkers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

L-R: Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Pat Battle, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Eugene M. McQuade, Stephen J. Brogan and Catherine Kinney

May 24, 2013, New York, NY – His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York honored Eugene M. McQuade, Chief Executive Officer, Citibank and Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner, Jones Day at its Gala Benefit at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City yesterday, May 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. 

“The Catholic Charities Annual Gala permits us to create stronger partnerships among New Yorkers,” stated Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan. “Our outstanding honorees, their colleagues and friends along with generous Catholic Charities donors come together to ensure that New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike – are helped with meeting basic human needs so that they might live their lives in greater dignity.”

This signature black tie dinner convened a dynamic group of New Yorkers from the worlds of business, philanthropy, culture, fashion, law, media, politics and religion who share a deep concern for the well-being of our fellow New Yorkers in need. It raised close to $2.3 million.

Pat Battle, anchor for NBC 4 New York, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Calloway, who held leading roles in several Broadway productions including Miss Saigon and Cats, performed live.

Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, honoree Eugene M. McQuade distinguished himself as a business and industry leader. Before joining Citi as Chief Executive Officer of Citibank in 2009, he served as Vice Chairman and President of Merrill Lynch Banks (U.S.) and previously had been President at Freddie Mac, Bank of America and Fleet Boston Financial. He is a Trustee to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the American Ireland Fund.

“Tonight is a celebration of the terrific work Catholic Charities does every year to ensure that our neediest New Yorkers, regardless of faith, get the support they need to improve their lives,” said Mr. McQuade. “I’m gratified and humbled to be recognized, but tonight is about shining a spotlight on the enormous positive impact Catholic Charities has on our city.”

Fellow honoree Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day since 2002, began his career with the firm while still a student at Notre Dame Law School. He worked as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1981-1983. He serves as Chair of the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic.

“The long history of Catholic Charities’ dedicated and selfless service to people in need in the City of New York is a very important manifestation of the Catholic Church’s commitment to social justice and to the care of the less fortunate,” said Mr. Brogan.

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Catholic Charities, a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York, helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike – with services that protect and nurture children, resolve family crises, assist the hungry and homeless, support the physically and emotionally challenged, and integrate immigrants and refugees. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesny.org.

Calling All Little Soccer Fans, Ages 4 – 9

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Start the summer right.

And what a deal! Just $20 covers all four sessions.

These tikes may be small but they’re just the right age to learn:

  • Skillful footwork
  • Pro Moves
  • Lighting speed
  • All-star shooting
  • Instinctive passing & receiving
  • Strategic Games

Age groups are broken into:

  • U-6 clinics: Introduce 4-5-year old children to soccer skills while having tons of fun.
  • U-8 clinics: Introduce 6-7-year old children to a higher level of training.
  • U-10 clinics: Add technical concepts to the game.

When:  June 15 and June 16, June 29 and June 30.

Time:    9:15 Registration.

Saturday sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Sunday sessions run from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rain or Shine.

Where:  Church of St. Augustine, North Highland Ave, Ossining NY 10562

Want to help? Volunteer.

For more information:  Contact Monge Codio Jr., Director of CYO Operations

212-371-1000 x 2058; monge.codio@archny.org

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Battling for Bishops and Pawns, Day Laborers Face Off with Friars at Family Day Celebration

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Day laborers’ children battled to capture bishops, kings and pawns at chess competitions held with Franciscan Friars at a family day celebration on May 19th.  For the first time ever, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers opened its doors to Obreros Unidos and their families on Pentecost Sunday.  City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined in the festivities.

The Catholic Charities-sponsored Family Day brought together more than 150 local day-laborer family members with seminarians, friars and Catholic Charities staff.  It was part of Catholic Charities’ ongoing involvement with Obreros Unidos De Yonkers, a group of approximately 300 day laborers in the Yonkers area.

Through this program, Catholic Charities educates workers on employment rights and responsibilities to prevent exploitation and abuse. Catholic Charities also assists in the collection of unpaid wages, helps workers get access to healthcare services, provides emergency food, and offers English language and computer skills instruction.

The midday event began with Pentecost Sunday mass to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Next, at an indoor picnic pulled together in response to the pouring rain outdoors, participants feasted on tacos, churros and flan.  Then they partied together as they faced off at chess matches, danced in Zumba exercise classes, painted faces and dabbled with arts and crafts.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the event.

Would you like to join Obreros Unidos de Yonkers?

Call (914) 375-6729/48 or visit the office at St. Peter’s Church basement, 91 Ludlow Street, Yonkers, NY  10705

Call the Catholic Charities Help Line — (888) 744-7900 — to find services you need.

Our Prayers for All Hurt by the Oklahoma Tornado; Our Help for Disaster Survivors

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those hurt by the devastating, mile-wide tornado that touched down near Oklahoma City yesterday, killing at least 51 people—including 20 children—decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools.

As New Yorkers who have unfortunately struggled through Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and the World Trade Center destruction, we know firsthand about coping with disasters.

At Catholic Charities, we know firsthand how to help.

Please remember that we are here to help during disasters and every day.

From disaster response professionals visiting parishes to deliver information and resources, to volunteers collecting and distributing food and supplies, to neighbors checking in on neighbors, the entire Catholic Charities community responds to meet the human needs of the victims, providing help and creating hope for rebuilding lives.

Many still struggle to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Please come see your local Disaster Case Manager for help rebuilding your life.

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Raising Five Tons of Fresh Vegetables for Hungry New Yorkers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Determined to raise 8,000 – 10,000 pounds of vegetables for the hungry, dozens of volunteers planted pepper, lettuce, broccoli, tomato and eggplant seedlings at the Catholic Community Services of Rockland “Garden of Love” on May 18. Vegetables from the garden are distributed to families through food pantries throughout the county.

The garden, preparing for its fourth season, has been expanded with the help of volunteers and those who donated materials including tools, soil and fences. Renewing its commitment to the community, organizers have recently renamed the initiative “Produce the Produce.”

Check out photos of your neighborhood volunteers and more Garden of Love updates in The Journal News.

Are you hungry and need help?

  • Contact us.  At Catholic Charities, no one is ever turned away.
  • If you live in Rockland County, please call 845 942-5791.

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Friday, May 17th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

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