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URGENT – Your Help Is Needed This Christmas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

dolan-shoppingdayWe’re shopping now for those in need. Will you help this Christmas ?

Every year, Catholic Charities sponsors the St. Nicholas Project – providing warm coats, hats, sweaters and blankets for children and families in need. Our volunteers are out there shopping now – and we need your help.

Your donation of $65 helps us shop for one child – $260 will help a family of four. So many are experiencing economic hardship this year. We’re counting on you to make a difference.

This Christmas, please help us keep children warm.

Meet a Few Faces of Hunger

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

By Andrew Burton (GETTY)

By Alice Kenny

Timothy Cardinal Dolan joined a small army of Catholic Charities staff, board members and volunteers mobilized to hand out turkey and all the trimmings at the Catholic Charities annual Thanksgiving distribution to more than 400 needy New Yorkers on November 25 at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem.

Recipients filling their shopping carts with everything from sweet potatoes to stuffing and fruit included Brenda Hugee, 53, a mother of four and former bank teller who is now disabled by Lupus, arthritis and three strokes.  They included Minerva Vega, 58, a widow who lost her job as a sanitation collector when she broke her neck lifting a garbage whose bottom, it turned out, had been filled with cement. They included Jose Costillo, 51, a former warehouse worker who lost his job last year.  And they included Elizabeth Vargas, who waitresses and babysits to support her three children, ages seven, one-and-a-half and six months old.

These are just a few of the faces of hunger who turn to Catholic Charities for help.  They include the unemployed and underemployed, families with children, seniors and the disabled.

During this historic time of need, more than 3 million people in New York State now turn to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet their family’s basic needs.

“I try not to ask for help and to make it on my own,” Ms. Hugee said. “If it weren’t for this we’d have rice and beans for Thanksgiving.”

Meet these faces of hunger in this powerful video:

 

 

 

Just 3 Days Left for Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign

Friday, January 31st, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Only three days left for you to pitch in with Feeding Our Neighbors, our Archdiocesan-wide weeklong drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

“Pope Francis recently wrote ‘if we don’t share our life is a slow suicide,’” Timothy Cardinal Dolan told a crowd at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the kickoff to this year’s campaign.  “And this is a very simple from-the-heart appeal to share food and it works at this cold time of the year when Christmas charity is almost exhausted and when people are looking for food.”

There is just one goal for Feeding Our Neighbors: that New Yorkers answer the call to feed those who are suffering in our community.

Click here and join us in Feeding our Neighbors and  specify “Feeding Our Neighbors” in the comments field on our Online Gift page.

Or text “CCHOPE” to 85944 to make a quick, easy $10 donation. 

Watch and listen as Cardinal Dolan speaks about Feeding Our Neighbors at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“The Feeding Our Neighbors campaign works,” Cardinal Dolan said.

How to Help New Yorkers in the New Year

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Thank you for everything you do throughout the year to help Catholic Charities provide help and create hope for New Yorkers.

When considering a year-end gift, it’s important to make sure your contribution will make an impact. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has once again been recertified by the Better Business Bureau’s Charity Review Program, meaning its policies and procedures have been reviewed and meet the standards of the charitable accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Philanthropic Advisory Service.

While Catholic Charities continues to help Sandy survivors, we need to remember the many others in New York who need help every day. Your 2012 tax-deductible gift can help Catholic Charities protect and nurture children; keep families housed and fed; help immigrants become part of their new home; allow persons with disabilities to find employment; provide necessities for New Yorkers in crisis.

There’s still time to help give families a good beginning for 2013. Donate today, or sign up to volunteer.

What are some ways you’re planning to help your neighbors in the new year?

Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on JustLove, Sirius XM Channel 129

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on JustLove, the Catholic Charities radio program aired weekly on Sirius XM Channel 129.

He interviewed Sr. Mary Christine Athans, BVM, professor emerita at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, a Marian scholar and a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary who recently authored the upcoming book, In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology and Spirituality.  The last chapter of the book – available in March 2013 — includes reflections in Mary’s own voice, using Hebrew prayers and readings.

Also on this week’s show Tom Price, Senior Communications Manager at Catholic Relief Services, spoke about devastation Hurricane Sandy inflicted outside the tri-state area.

Listen to the show on JustLove.

Christmas Luncheon Raises More Than $600,000 for Women and Children in Need

Friday, December 7th, 2012


The Ladies of Charity in collaboration with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York hosted the 67th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon on December 6th raising more than $600,000 to support women and children in need whom Catholic Charities serves throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

Nearly 800 guests attended the luncheon, which was held at The Waldorf=Astoria.

Carla Harris was honored with the Christmas Angel Award, celebrating her service to those in need.  Ms. Harris leads a long and distinguished career as Managing Director in the Institutional Advisory Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, as chair of the board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and as a well-known philanthropist.  She was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U.S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010) and has received numerous other awards and distinctions.

“I’m a 25-year veteran of Wall Street; I believe in returns” she told the audience.  “There is no greater return that you can receive than investing your life to serve others.”

Also an accomplished singer who recently released her third gospel CD, Ms. Harris drew on this talent to belt out a gospel rendition of the traditional “Happy Birthday” song to celebrate the birthday of Shirley Dolan, mother of Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, who was present in the audience.

After that, Kathleen and Dean O’Hare were honored with the Spirit of St. Nicholas Award.   Mr. O’Hare is the retired Chairman and CEO of the Chubb Corporation based in Warren, New Jersey.  He is also deeply involved in several philanthropic activities including serving as Co-Chair of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.  His wife, Kathleen, also committed to philanthropic endeavors, previously served as Director of Catholic Charities in Metuchen, New Jersey.

His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Dorothea McElduff, Archdiocesan President of the Ladies of Charity, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York presented the awards.

“We’re honored to recognize Ms. Harris and Mr. and Mrs. O’Hare for their devotion to helping New Yorkers in need,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “Because of their service and the generosity of our supporters, Catholic Charities is able to continue helping families during the Christmas season and throughout the year.”
The event was rounded out by a host of distinguished speakers and performers.  Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, served as the luncheon emcee. Author Mary Higgins Clark served as the event chair, Joseph E. Spinnato, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. served as corporate chair, and philanthropist Anna Murdoch-Mann served as honorary chair.  Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sang traditional Christmas carols as did students from the Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School Chorus.

Cardinal Dolan brought home the holiday spirit by narrating the Christmas story from the Gospel of St. Luke as students at Saint John Chrysostom School performed the Christmas tableau.

Transforming Lives with Hope: An Easter Video from Catholic Charities

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Easter is a sign of hope, and a sign of life. It is a reminder of the work we do at Catholic Charities for those who are suffering in our community.

The time of Easter reminds us that the help we give is a creative help – one that renews, one that transforms.

With your help, Catholic Charities enables people to transform their lives, so that they can live a new life, in a new way, based upon the goodness, the love and the caring that you bring to them.

So to all the friends and supporters in the Catholic Charities family, thank you for all that you do. We wish you a most blessed Easter season.

Transform a life this Easter.