Archive for the ‘volunteering’ Category

Celebrate the Feast Day of Pope Saint John Paul II

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

paulBy Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities joins today in celebrating the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II.

The second longest-serving pope in modern history and first non-Italian since the 1500s,is credited for miracles including healing a French nun from Parkinson’s disease.  He is also credited for helping end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.

Catholic Charities honors and shares Pope St. John Paul II’s counsel to never give up hope, never doubt, never tire.

For more than a century Catholic Charities has provided help and created hope for New Yorkers in need.

 

Volunteers Needed: Walk the Walk for Hunger!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Put on your walking shoes and join us to raise funds for the Catholic Charities Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign this Sunday, October 19th  at 9am, following family mass.

All walkers will meet at The Epiphany School on 234 East 22nd Street.

The Epiphany Foundation will be raising money for Epiphany School through their annual walk-a-thon.

They are also raising in-kind donations to feed our hungry neighbors.

To participate, all walkers are asked to bring at least 5 cans of food or a donation of $10. To sign up to walk, please register here and Walk The Walk For Hunger  

All funds raised will make a direct impact on Epiphany School and all non-perishable food items collected will benefit our Feeding Our Neighbors program – to restock our food pantries.

Feeding Our Neighbors is an Archdiocesan-wide drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

Donate Funds to Feeding Our Neighbors Donate Food to Feeding Our Neighbors Volunteer for Feeding Our Neighbors

To donate, specify “Feeding Our Neighbors” in the comments field in our Online Gift page.
Or text “CCHOPE” to 85944 to make a quick, easy $10 donation.

Why I’m Running with Team Catholic Charities

Friday, September 26th, 2014

By Jen Osborn

I will be running to represent Catholic Archdiocese of New York in the TCS NYC Marathon 2014 this November as a member of  Team Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities of New York has provided hope and help in many different ways for those in need. I will be running to make the community I live in a healthier place.

When I was younger, I was able to join our church on several mission/service trips to other countries. As a Nursing Student there were many Outreach Programs in my community with which I was involved. These experiences taught me the value of volunteerism. Volunteerism in the community is what shows and puts into action the “power of caring.”

While working as a Registered Nurse for 15 years within Catholic Health Initiative Hospitals there had always been an ever-present mission to “build healthy communities.”

It is inspiring that Catholic Charities New York serves over 350,000 people each year. The value they offer in utilizing 88 cents of every dollar received is impressive stewardship. These resources are gathered and distributed to those less fortunate in their community.

It would be my privilege to raise money in order to serve the community better.

Check out Jen Osborn’s Crowdrise page and help her raise funds for Team Catholic Charities.

Run! Run! Run!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

By Meghan O’Neill

Run! Run! Run! I am following a training plan that counts down the weeks and miles to the NYC Marathon.

Running the NYC Marathon had always been in the back of my mind. I always thought it would be very exciting to run through the five boroughs and cross the finish line in Central Park. I’m very excited that my first marathon will be with Team Catholic Charities.

When I learned that Team Catholic Charities was looking for runners I knew this would be an incredible opportunity to combine my desire to run the NYC Marathon with fundraising for an organization that provides essential services to those in need. The Better Business Bureau has deemed Catholic Charities an Accredited Charity that meets the high standards of a charity who uses funds raised to directly help individuals. I decided to run for Catholic Charities because I’m assured that the funds raised will be used to help those in need.

Catholic Charities’ plan to use the funds raised through the marathon to feed the hungry inspires me because if Catholic Charities can provide nourishment to so many people every day, I just know I can run 26.2 miles. As intimidating as I sometimes find 26.2 miles, it’s nothing compared to all of the hard work Catholic Charities does day in and day out.

My parents frequently call me and ask how the running is going. When I’m visiting my parents in my hometown, Stony Point, NY, (from my apartment in Brooklyn) they encourage me to go for runs around the neighborhood and along the Hudson River. Also, their golden retriever, Reilly, is always up for a run with me!

 

Check out Meghan’s Crowdrise page and help her raise funds for Team Catholic Charities.

Crazy Enough to Run

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

By Lauren Liberatore

 I first learned about Catholic Charities and their efforts by working at the Archdiocese of New York in the Office of Superintendent of Schools and receiving e-Newsletters about their events and current work.   I am excited to join Catholic Charities and their mission in helping New Yorkers in need.

I always said I would never be crazy enough to run 26.2 miles, unless it was in the New York City Marathon.  I started getting into half-marathons in 2012, since then I have successfully finished three half-marathons, including the Diva Half Marathon in October 2012, the New Jersey Half-Marathon in May 2013 and the Rutgers United Half-Marathon in April 2014! Each half-marathon I have improved my time and form!

I stumbled upon the Team Catholic Charities homepage by accident after visiting CrossStreets, the Catholic Charities blog.  By being a part of this team, not only do I get to accomplish a dream I never thought I had, but I also get to support and represent such a giving organization.  Growing up in a Catholic family and attending Catholic school since kindergarten, I always learned to support great charities and to give back to my communities.  Running for Team Catholic Charities has been a huge honor and I am excited to help raise money for the organization!

I found the best place to train with the summer heat is at the Jersey Shore, where I spend most of my weekends.  The breeze off the ocean in the early morning is extremely refreshing and so is the option to jump right in!  During the week, I mix up my workouts between Crossfit, Running and teaching Zumba!

My family and friends are constantly supporting me by keeping me company during runs or attending my Zumba classes.  They are even kind enough to listen to me complaining about being sore and/or bragging about my achievements!

Help Lauren as she runs for Team Catholic Charities.

Help Empower Women

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Do you want to empower women and help them get ahead in their careers? Our affiliated agency, Grace Institute, is looking for volunteers to help hold mock interviews during their Converse with Confidence event on September 10th.
Grace’s mock interview series allows current students to prepare for the next step of their career journey.
How this works

  •  Volunteers interview Grace students in rotating 20 minute segments, using the tips below as guidelines
  •  Volunteers will see approximately six students during this time period


Agenda
9:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Orientation
9:30am – Noon: Interviews

Click to learn more

Trading Places: From Food Pantry Recipient to Volunteer

Friday, August 29th, 2014

IMG_6725smBy Alice Kenny

Once a food bank recipient, today a volunteer at the same food bank, Margarita Peralta knows firsthand how much better it is to give than to receive.

Evolving from recipient to volunteer, she offers a special perspective on the benefits and challenges related to each role.

She likes it so much, she added, that she plans to transfer to a city college so she can continue volunteering for Catholic Charities, complete her studies and care for her dad.

“I remember as far back as when I was eight, when my mom would take me to the Catholic Charities food pantry in Washington Heights and, unlike at the store, they’d give us all this stuff for free. Then we’d go home and my mom would line everything up on the table – tuna, chicken, rice, beans.

“We were happy but still it felt weird. I wondered what it would be like to be on the other side, to be the one giving the food instead of getting it.”

Now she knows.

The first in her family to go to college, Margarita took time off from her junior year at SUNY Potsdam to nurse her dad whose health has been eaten away by diabetes.

To fill out her days, she volunteered at the same food pantry she and her mom used to visit.

Evolving from recipient to volunteer she offers a special perspective on the benefits and challenges related to each role.

Her parents were hard working immigrants from the Dominican Republic who never wanted to ask for help, she says. But illness diverted their race towards the American dream.

Her mother, a home health aide, had to quit her just-above minimum wage job to regularly rush Margarita as a child to the E.R. for treatment for sickle cell anemia, a chronic disease shared by one out of every 20 Dominican New Yorkers.

Her father, meanwhile, once a supermarket delivery driver, had his vision and much of his kidney function stolen by diabetes, another illness that strikes 10-percent of New York state’s population.

“He was always a working man but lost his license because he can barely see,” Margarita says, grabbing a napkin to cover her tears. “It’s a shock to see him go from being so active to just lying in bed.”

She inherited her parents’ work ethic, donating more than 100 hours to the food pantry during the winter months.

“I like the environment, the way staff and people served are so close and friendly,” she says. “It feels like a big family.”

She likes it so much, she added, that she plans to transfer to a city college so she can continue volunteer for Catholic Charities, complete her studies and care for her dad.

“It brings joy when I know that I’m feeding someone that can’t feed themselves. Because my mom, dad and I have been in that position, it’s interesting to now see how for others, also, a bag of food can make someone so happy.”

Why I’m Running the NYC Marathon with Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Linda Cartwright

I am so excited and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to support the mission of the Catholic Charities of New York by raising funds for this amazing organization and running the New York City Marathon.

Catholic Charities NY helps so many people in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike. Through 90 Catholic Charities Agencies and 300 neighborhood and community sites, they assist more than 356,000 individuals yearly. From feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, protecting and nurturing our children and youth, strengthening our families, Catholic Charities rebuilds lives and touches almost every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out, always with compassion and dignity. This is truly a worthwhile cause that I am so excited to be a part of.

There is no amount too small or too large! Thank you for your contributions that will support these important programs.

Check out Linda on Crowdrise; support her marathon run for those in need.

 

August Is National Eye Exam Month

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Guild for Blind 5-10 024smDo you know someone who is visually challenged and needs help?

At Catholic Charities, we have specialized programs for children and adults with visual handicaps that help them live independently and participate fully in all aspects of community life.

Our wide range of services include basic education, vocational training and instruction in using adaptive technology at home and in the work place.

Staff help individuals learn how to safely get from their homes to school, work and other locations.

In addition, Catholic Charities operates the only English as a Second Language instruction program for immigrants and refugees who are blind or visually impaired.

Click here for help.

Catholic Charities Joins Public Advocate Letitia James to Call for Pro-Bono Legal Help for Unaccompanied Children

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Catholic Charities Supervising Attorney Margaret Martin with Letitia James and fellow advocates

Public Advocate Letitia James joined a coalition of immigration advocates including Catholic Charities, New York Immigration Coalition and Legal Aid Society yesterday, August 12, 2014, to call on increased protection and representation for undocumented youth navigating New York immigration court.

Margaret Martin,  supervising attorney for Catholic Charities Unaccompanied Minors Program, spoke at the event along with others to call for the creation of a help desk at Immigration Court that will provide counsel and resources to children and their families, and monthly clinics around the City to train attorneys who volunteer to act as a friend of the court during initial hearings (“surge dockets”) that involve unaccompanied minors.  The Public Advocate seeks to recruit attorneys to serve in this capacity pro-bono and also plans to undergo training to serve unaccompanied youth.

Today, the first of nearly 3,500 unaccompanied children– many of whom have both experienced and been witness to heinous crimes in their home countries– will enter New York State to face deportation proceedings via accelerated court hearings.

New York State is second only to Texas in the number of unaccompanied children hosted, followed by Florida with 3,181 and California with 3,150. These children, as young as five years old, come without any knowledge of our legal system, yet are expected to navigate the complex juvenile surge docket.

Children and others in court for immigration charges do not have a right to an attorney — so if they cannot afford one or do not have family to help them find one, they go unrepresented in their hearings.

“For more than 8 years, Catholic Charities has been providing compassionate help to those seeking refuge from Central America,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.

“We have seen the number of children in need of help increase dramatically and witnessed the emotional and physical scars they bear from violence and abuse in their home countries.  We continue to respond to each child’s needs, by expanding our services to meet the growing demand, whether through providing proper legal representation, helping reunification with custodial parents, or coordinating needed supportive human services.”