July 9th, 2014
By Nadia Gonzalez
Why run a marathon? This is a question that I keep asking myself every day, and every day the answer is clearer than ever. I know I want to do it for all the right reasons; but mainly it is the ultimate goal to be part of something extraordinary. It is a personal goal to cross the finish line while helping less fortunate individuals. It is a thank you for all my blessings to be doing so. I personally have experienced my fair share of activities trying to find the one that completes me the most. I have been playing soccer for years since I was a kid. I have participated in cross country during high school. And even though running has been a vital part of my all-time favorite sport and part of my training, I have yet to complete a marathon. It has definitely been part of my day to day activities, a stress reliever even, but it was not until last year that I decided to take it to the next level. My first official race was in May 2013. A CAMNY Cinco de Mayo 5K in NYC, and from there, I plan on adding bibs to my collection.
I moved to NYC on February 2013 as part of my job transfer. I am originally from South Texas from a family of six. I am the second to the last child; my siblings being my best friends and my parents my best teachers. They are my support system, my core, my roots and everything I believe in is thanks to them. I work in a consumer credit counseling company, where we counsel and advise individuals on where to go for assistance if our services do not fit them. Basically, I had spent most of my job referring individuals in need to the local Catholic Charities of Brownsville, where I am from. Once in the big city, I wanted to do something different; to be part of something new and exciting, but still continue assisting those who need it most. Basically, I wanted to implement a new experience that left a complete and different form of satisfaction, so I opted to volunteer for Catholic Charities’ Midnight Runs.
It is personally inspiring and motivating to participate in this marathon as part of Team Catholic Charities. It fills my heart with joy to know that I am part of a noble cause by fundraising for the less fortunate. The fact that I know that I will be running to complete this personal goal of feeding the hungry neighbors motivates me to push harder for that fundraising goal. The satisfaction is not mostly physical, but the spiritual peace and sense of fulfillment that comes with this is absolutely priceless.
I am currently back in Texas residing in San Antonio. However, I continue to hit the roads early mornings always keeping in mind that the goal to reach is not that far away; that November 2nd will be around the corner in no time. This gets me stoked to keep moving forward. I know that I will be doing something nice to someone else in need and that on its own is a very special accomplishment.
Help support Nadia Gonzalez‘s TCS New York City Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamCatholicCharities2014/fundraiser/nadiagonzalez
July 8th, 2014
Catholic Charities is one of the official charity participants in the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon.
There are only a few ways to get into this exclusive event:
- Elite runners qualify based on running time.
- Lucky ones – about 6% – get selected by lottery.
- New York Road Runners qualify by running 9 races and volunteering for one.
And remarkable people qualify by running for charity.
During the next five months, twelve Team Catholic Charities New York runners will dedicate themselves to two challenges: training to run 26.2 miles through every borough of New York City, and fundraising for The St. Nicholas Project, an initiative that helps New York families in need.
Response to the opportunity to run with Team Catholic Charities New York was great. We are now honored to announce our running team for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Starting this month, we will be announcing one runner every week who has been accepted to run the Marathon with Team Catholic Charities NY.
Visit this blog regularly for updates on our team.
Find out key information about how you can get involved as a Team Catholic Charities NY volunteer so that you, too, can participate in one of New York City’s most exciting athletic events.
July 1st, 2014
Can you tell an exciting “story” just by using words?
Xavier Society for the Blind provides books and periodicals on audio CDs for those who cannot read Braille or who prefer to listen to materials.
Work on your own schedule, out of your own home, any time in the day or night.
As a volunteer, you read books aloud using their home computers or personal digital recording devices with a headset microphone.
Materials and a style sheet will be sent to you. Programs and equipment (headset and microphone) can be supplied if needed. Our IT Director will work with you to make sure the programs are properly installed.
Skill Needed: Strong command of the English language.
Find out more.
June 27th, 2014
By Alice Kenny
Today marks the second in our Summer Agency Series. It spotlights some of the 90 agencies in our Catholic Charities federation that, day in and day out, provide help and create hope for New Yorkers in need.
Today, let’s take a look at the Kennedy Child Study Center.
In 1958 when children with developmental disabilities were often warehoused into institutions, the Archdiocese of New York established the Kennedy Child Study Center to instead provide them with learning opportunities.
One of the first programs in the nation of its kind, the Kennedy Child Study Center was initially funded by a grant from Rose F. and Joseph P. Kennedy in memory of their son, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
Sponsored by the Catholic Charities Alliance with locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, the Kennedy Child Study Center provides educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities and delays along with counseling and support services for their families.
Help a child with a developmental delay thrive and achieve.
Contact the Kennedy Child Study Center.
June 26th, 2014
By Alice Kenny
The Catholic Charities federation of 90 agencies provides a wide range of human services throughout the Archdiocese of New York. Some are sponsored by religious communities, while others have grown from parish communities. Still others were founded by charismatic clergy, religious, or lay leaders. Together they form the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York: a federation of administered, sponsored and affiliated agencies touching almost every human need.
This summer offers a great time to spotlight their impressive histories and the unique, unparalleled services they offer. Today, let’s learn about Abraham House.
This Catholic Charities sponsored agency traces its origins to two Roman Catholic clergy, Sr. Simone Ponnet, a Belgian nun of the Little Sisters of the Gospel order and Fr. Peter Raphael, a French priest who volunteered as a chaplain and celebrated mass with inmates at Rikers Island maximum-security prison.
Alarmed by the continuing cycle of repeat offenders, they founded Abraham House in 1993. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx, Abraham House offers the incarcerated, ex-offenders and their relatives, regardless of their religion, a place of hope and community where lives can be rebuilt, families mended, lessons learned, and men, women and children deeply marked by crime can receive the spiritual, social and practical tools to become productive citizens.
Their innovative programs include an alternative-to-incarceration program for first-time offenders, especially those convicted of nonviolent crimes. Sponsored by the Catholic Charities Alliance, Abraham House offers extensive services to hundreds of adults and children affected by incarceration or other social factors like poverty, violence and truancy.
Find out more.
June 24th, 2014
By Alice Kenny
On June 6, one hundred and sixty volunteers from the national consulting firm Deloitte fanned out to more than a dozen separate site locations affiliated with Catholic Charities. Below is the fourth installment in a series about their adventures and a glimpse at the large amount that together we can accomplish.
Hobbling on walkers with shopping carts dragged behind, 60 low-income elderly men and women served by the food bank and senior center at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center in Harlem were turned into health ambassadors and Queens and Kings for a Day.
At this Healthy Food and Fun event, 15 Deloitte volunteers pitched in with Catholic Charities staff to convert the Kennedy Center auditorium into a health fair and fitness center. There were exercise stations, hands on cooking presentations in Spanish and English and, best of all, a luncheon feast.
“This is outside the box,” said Catholic Charities Division Director Dianne Johnson as she helped stuff participants’ goodie bags with colanders, cutting boards, vegetables and more.
“Today was not just talking about nutrition but experiencing it. It ties together everything we do.”
Join us in Feeding Our Neighbors.