Archive for the ‘volunteering’ Category

Attacked & Blinded, Former Cab Driver Struggles to Care for His Family

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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After fleeing ethnic persecution in Guinea, K. Arafan Koita was brutally attacked three years later while working as a livery driver in New York City.

Mr. Koita lost his vision in the attack, New York Times Reporter Corey Kilgannon reports in this just-published Neediest Case, but partly regained it after being hospitalized.

These days, Mr. Koita finds sporadic work delivering African art with a friend from Guinea, and hopes to get off public assistance so he can support and be a role model for his children, he said.

Left legally blind, he is haunted by a feeling of powerlessness when it comes to supporting his wife and three children.

Mr. Koita, who speaks French, also sought out the Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind, to improve his English, and for help resolving complications in getting social service benefits. He registered for computer training and for help finding a job.

The children share a tiny bedroom crowded with sagging beds that make sleeping uncomfortable, and the apartment has been without heat and hot water for two months. The landlord has been slow to respond, Mr. Koita said as he stood over a hot plate in the kitchen, where the family often heats large pots of water for bathing.

“I need to be strong,” he said. “For them.”

Read Mr. Koita’s full profile in The New York Times.

Help us help the Koita family and fellow courageous New Yorkers.

   

Put On Your Santa Cap & Join Us

Friday, November 7th, 2014

_MG_4687Looking for a great volunteer opportunity this holiday season?

Join us as we don Santa caps.
Shop for Catholic Charities clients in need.
And make the season bright.

Please save the date for our St. Nicholas Shopping Day –Saturday, December 13, 2014 –At K-Mart on Astor Place.

You will be part of a nearly 500-elf team shopping for more than 4,000 Catholic Charities clients to provide them with winter necessities. Without you, this would not be possible.

In addition to our volunteer efforts, we are also asking for your help to raise the funds necessary to purchase these winter necessities.

Please consider making your gift today in order to help us reach our goal of raising $250,000!

Thank you for your continued support helping New Yorkers in need this Christmas season!

Biking with the Camels. Seriously.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Dr. Dean Scher

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, NY joined forces this month with the Orange County Bicycle Club for the Ride With the Camels, a 10-to-61-mile ride through forested ridges and rolling farmland that celebrates open space in Orange County, NY.

The event was named after a large pasture that bikers pedal past filled with a herd of grazing camels whose humps remind them of the steep hills they tackle.  The camels were rescued after movie, advertising, and circus careers by the Sanctuary for Animals and live on the farm with hundreds of other rescued animals of different species.

The annual fundraiser netted more than $14,000 this year to benefit Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Sanctuary for Animals.

‘The annual Country Roads Bike Tour is a great collaborative event,’ Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, said in a recent story about the event published in The Times Herald Record  ‘We are thankful for the support from the members of the Bike Club, the hundreds of riders who turn out each year, the volunteers who spend the day with us, and the sponsors who make generous in-kind and financial donations. It is thanks to this extraordinary coordinated effort that these three agencies will have a little extra cash in their coffers this year.’

Read more in The Times Herald Record

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31st, 2014


Wishing you and your family a happy Halloween,
a safe All Hallows’ Eve and a blessed All Saints Day.

Join Us at the New York City Marathon

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

744256-1209-0041sSo you want to be part of the New York City marathon but 26.2 miles of running? No way!

Well, we have a way. Join our Cheer Team.

Ro0t for Team Catholic Charities; our dedicated dozen who have been training for months to run this multi-borough course in the world’s most diverse city.

Wave signs we’ll provide and tap on your smart phone to update folks at home.

Our cheer team meets at 126 Street and Fifth Avenue, at the National Black Theatre Way.

When? Marathon Day; this Sunday, November 2, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Sign up now.

Help for Custodians of Immigrant Children

Monday, October 27th, 2014

GOSHEN - Catholic Charities Community Services hosted a special information session to discuss the legal orientation, concerns, and obligations for individuals who are serving as custodians of unaccompanied alien children,” reports the Hudson Valley Press.

The free program was held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and open to anyone looking to learn more about the legal remedies and options available to undocumented immigrant minors and their custodians…

“Through this program, Catholic Charities and our program partners hope to clear up some of the confusion and make the transition easier for both the youth and the custodians who are responsible for them,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County.

Topics covered included navigating the immigration court process, legal remedies, and options for undocumented immigrant minors and their custodians. Attendees were also provided with information about the broad spectrum of human service programs available through Catholic Charities in Orange County and the greater Hudson Valley region, including substance abuse treatment and prevention, case management, parish food pantries, resource exchange, and the housing resource center.

Read the full story in the Hudson Valley Press.

Do you need immigration help?

  • Call The New York State New Americans Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 1-800-566-7636.
  • The national LOPC (Legal Orientation for Parents and Custodians) Children’s Call Center at 1-888-996-3848 (9 am – 8 pm weekdays). This line is staffed by Spanish-speaking counselors.

Information and assistance is also available at all Catholic Charities’ offices including our Office for New Americans located within the Newburgh Armory Unity Center at 321 S William Street, Newburgh.

Why I’m Running with Team Catholic Charities in the New York City Marathon

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Kristi Hughes

Being raised as Roman Catholic, Catholic Charities has always been a part of my life.

As a child I have great memories of my mom bringing clothes and food to our local Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey. My mother always emphasized the importance of giving to people less fortunate.

Helping those in need and keeping religion in my life is very important to me.

Catholic Charities is the model for this and because of this I would love to represent Catholic Charities in the New York City marathon and in Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s home city!

Cheer on Kristi and Team Catholic Charities

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.