Posts Tagged ‘St. Nicholas Project’

It’s National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

Monday, November 17th, 2014

foodBy Alice Kenny

It’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week!
Held each year the week before Thanksgiving, this is a great time for us all to remember what we are thankful for
— and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

What can I do?

  • Volunteer at one of our local soup kitchens.
  • Volunteer at one of our nearby food pantries.
  • Join us at our St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day.

Find out more ways to help.

Junior Board Rolls the Dice for Charity

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

At their signature fundraising event of the year, the Catholic Charities Junior Board hosted close to 200 guests for the 6th Annual Junior Board Gala at Battery Gardens on June 12, 2014.  The evening’s theme was a Masquerade Casino Night.  Guests enjoyed playing casino games and posing at the photo booth while raising both money and awareness for the St. Nicholas Project.  Fundraising efforts surrounding the Junior Board Gala brought in more than $47,000 for the St. Nicholas Project.

Through the St. Nicholas Project, Catholic Charities helps nearly 4,000 individuals annually by providing them with essential items to help them stay warm throughout the winter season as well as job training classes, computer literacy classes, food from one of our many food pantries, and school supplies throughout the rest of the year.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York Junior Board introduces young professionals to the varied programs and works of Catholic Charities through volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, faith-based events, and philanthropic support. The Junior Board helps cultivate the next generation of leaders committed to Catholic Charities and serving those in need in our community.

To learn more, please visit the Junior Board web page and Facebook page

Meet Team Catholic Charities Runners in the TCS New York City Marathon

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

PrintCatholic 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.

Team Catholic Charities Races Across the Marathon Finish Line, Raises Key Funds for New Yorkers in Need

Monday, November 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Ed Gallagher of Team Catholic Charities

Congratulations, Team Catholic Charities, for successfully finishing the  ING New York City Marathon while raising crucial funds for New Yorkers in need!

First-time marathon runner and Leprechaun Transportation Group President Ed Gallagher came in first for Team Catholic Charities, crossing all five boroughs from Staten Island to Manhattan in just three hours and 42 minutes. He was followed by Jason Hamed, Joe Zenkus, Fr. Joseph Tyrrell, Thomas Carney, Julie Palombo, Jerome Prostasio and Ma Teresa Prostasio.

The runners raised $25,000 for Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project to provide coats, blankets and other essential items during the winter months and year round.

The donations they made by soliciting supporters and sweating up and down city streets prove particularly crucial now as New Yorkers’ need grows while safety nets are cut. Congress slashed food stamp allotments by approximately 5-percent on Friday. In New York, more than 1 million elderly people or those with disabilities will feel the impact, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

To thank Team Catholic Charities runners for their hard-earned donations, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan met with Team Catholic Charities runners at a luncheon organized by one of Catholic Charities dedicated and generous trustees.

“I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the runners for running,” Msgr. Sullivan said on his blog.“I was also impressed that they were willing to reach out to their friends and family to ask for contributions to provide help for families in need through Catholic Charities.”

Thank you!

Learn more about our runners and show your support.

Run in the World’s Biggest Marathon for the World’s Greatest Cause

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Join Team Catholic Charities for the ING New York City Marathon.

Race numbers are striking:

  • 26.2-mile course winding through all five boroughs in the Greatest City in the World
  • 100,000-plus race applicants
  • 37,000 racing participants
  • 2,000,000 spectators

The need you will be running for is striking as well:

  • 40,000 New York school children have no place to call home
  • 365,000 people look for work in New York City every day but cannot find it
  • One in four families live in poverty
  • 1,400,000 New Yorkers – that’s one out of every six of our neighbors – rely daily on emergency food
  • Tens of thousands of people left  homeless after Hurricane Sandy lost their furniture, clothing and all that they owned.
  • Thousands still struggle to recover

Team Catholic Charities runners train for top physical condition to cross the finish line AND  cut back on our neighbors’ growing need.

Catholic Charities, partnering with  New York Road Runners, is an official Charity partner in this year’s ING New York City Marathon.  Our ten-person team plans to raise $30,000 to directly benefit our St. Nicholas Project.

Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project provides:

  • job training and computer literacy classes to help New Yorkers find work
  • food pantries to make sure hungry New Yorkers have food
  • school supplies so children in need can keep up with their classmates
  • essential items including towels, sheets, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves and pajamas so that New Yorkers stay warm all year.

Find out more

Join Team Catholic Charities

  

Thousands in Need Will Celebrate a Warm Holiday Thanks to St. Nicholas Shopping Day

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Catholic Charities Junior Board Co-Chair Stephanie Bagley shops with Cardinal Timothy Dolan

By Alice Kenny

More than 600 families in need, many of whom don’t have hats, gloves, coats and even blankets to call their own, will be able to celebrate a warm holiday thanks to the Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project Kmart Shopping Day event at Kmart at Astor Place.

Armed with hand-tailored lists catered to the needs of individual families, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan joined Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, staff and volunteers on Saturday, December 15, 2012 to fill their shopping carts with winter necessities.

During the holiday, the St. Nicholas Project, supported by donations and volunteers from Catholic Charities, provides individuals and families in need with gifts of necessity including warm clothes and household supplies. Caseworkers aid the same individuals throughout the year, providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers from Ulster County to Staten Island through job training, English as a Second Language classes, computer literacy classes, food from Catholic Charities’ many food pantries, and school supplies.

Shopping Day taps into the holiday spirit by providing an opportunity for those from various walks of life to come together to provide gifts for those in need. Approximately 400 volunteers partnered with Catholic Charities. They included individuals and members from corporate and college groups such as Deloitte & Touche LLP, TIAA-CREF, the Junior League, Fordham University, Manhattan College, the Catholic University of America, University of Notre Dame and College of Holy Cross.

Kmart employees, including Store Manager Robert Rothermel and District Manager Stephen Offutt, provided coffee, hot chocolate and donuts for volunteers when they arrived.Volunteers lunched on pizza and soda thanks to the generosity of Famous Famiglia and the Kolaj Family. Paul Kolaj is a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees. And Georgetown Cupcakes donated their special dessert.

Catholic Charities Piles Shopping Carts High at Second-Annual St. Nicholas of Westchester Shopping Day

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

 

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and Catholic Charities Board of Trustees member Susan Salice

By Alice Kenny

Equipped with wish lists from people in need, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin Plunkett raced down K-Mart aisles at 399 Tarrytown Road in White Plains with staff, family, friends and volunteers today, December 11, at the second annual St. Nicholas of Westchester (SNOW) shopping day event spearheaded by Catholic Charities Board of Trustees member Susan Salice.
“How great it is to give up a couple hours to give people supplies they need to have a better holiday,” said Ms. Salice.

She joined the group as they piled shopping carts high with winter necessities – gloves, coats, boots and blankets — and household essentials to make sure families in need have a warm and happy Christmas.

While associated with Christmas, donations to the St. Nicholas Project named after the Bishop of Myra in the third century, help provide services  year round to people in need.  This year, Hurricane Sandy survivors are also included among those targeted for gifts of essential items purchased at the St. Nicholas of Westchester shopping day event.

“Hurricane Sandy put into perspective that we can quickly lose things we considered necessities of life,” said Karen Reynolds, Catholic Charities Regional Supervisor for Westchester County.  “This event around the holidays gives those who lost so much a sense of Christmas hope, that people care about them.”

Missed Shopping Day but still want to bring Christmas cheer to those in need?

Click here to discover more New York volunteer opportunities.

Click here to donate to this year-round project.

From a Very Long Walk to a Very Long Run: Meet Maria, Marathon Runner for Team Catholic Charities NY

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Maria Ines Galvez walking "El Camino de Santiago," the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Maria Ines Galvez is no stranger to tests of physical and spiritual endurance. Every January, she plans  a personal goal and dedicates her year to pursuing it — challenging work that usually involves going far outside her comfort zone.

In 2010, the year she dedicated to gratitude and thanksgiving, she decided to walk “El Camino de Santiago,” the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  She knew that this physical challenge would be spiritually fulfilling and would also allow her to show gratitude to God. “Every night, in every town, there was a special pilgrims’ mass. I tried to make it to mass each night, no matter where I was,” said Galvez.

This past January, Galvez committed herself to charity towards those in need. She was trying to find the best way to do this when her running partner, Father Joseph Tyrrell of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, suggested she run the ING New York City Marathon for Catholic Charities New York.

“It all started with Fr. Joe,” said Galvez. “He was my inspiration. I thought, if he could run the marathon, so could I.”

By running with Team Catholic Charities NY, Galvez is working toward her 2012 commitment by raising $5,000 in support of the St. Nicholas Project, a Catholic Charities initiative that provides critical social services and charitable support to New York families in need.

“Training for the ING NYC Marathon has become a life-changing event  for me, not only physically but spiritually as well,” said Galvez. “It is very grueling, but when I feel tired and want to stop, I think about the commitment I’ve made to those who will be benefiting from my fundraising for this race.”

So what does Galvez say is harder – walking the Camino de Santiago, or training for the NYC Marathon?

“The Camino is harder,” said Galvez. “When you’re on the pilgrimage, if you don’t cover enough miles in the day, you won’t be able to find a place to sleep. There are rural houses along the route that take in pilgrims, but they are only accessible at certain intervals – and sometimes, all the beds are full.”

Maria Ines works at BBVA S.A. as an analyst in the Structured Trade Finance Team.

 

How to Volunteer in New York this Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A volunteer and her daughter at last year’s St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Manhattan.

By Marianna Reilly

December 7, 2011 — Looking to give back as Christmas draws near? Catholic Charities invites you learn more about our many New York volunteer opportunities. Check out how our dedicated volunteers are giving back this year, and connecting with our neighbors in need.

  • Did you miss St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Westchester? On Tuesday December 6, the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, volunteers helped shop for families in need at our St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Westchester, New York. The event, named SNOW (St. Nicholas of Westchester), was held at the White Plains Kmart, and was a great success. Gloves, coats, boots and blankets were among the items piled into shopping carts to help give 60 local families a warm and happy Christmas. Spearheaded by Catholic Charities Board member Susan Salice, SNOW was attended by Westchester County executive Rob Astorino and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities New York.

Missed it? Want to volunteer at our next Shopping Day?

  • Volunteer at St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Manhattan on December 10: Sign up to volunteer at Catholic Charities biggest volunteer event of the year! Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will be among those who will shop for winter necessities for families in need at the Astor Place Kmart in Greenwich Village on Saturday, December 10. All volunteers will shop for free with funds provided by our generous donors. The St. Nicholas Project, which provides crucial social services to families throughout the year, is largely supported by the fundraising events and activities of the Catholic Charities Junior Board.
  • Did you miss volunteering at our Manhattan Christmas Party? On December 6, volunteers assisted at a Christmas party for mentally challenged individuals at Beacon of Hope House, helping set up the event, serve food, distribute raffles, wrap and give out gifts and gift cards. Beacon of Hope House, an agency run by Catholic Charities Community Services, operates residences for approximately 200 individuals and a day program for the mentally challenged in Staten Island and the Bronx.

Missed it? Want to volunteer at our next Christmas Party?

  • Volunteer at our Westchester Christmas Party on January 7: Assist with a Charity Christmas Party in Yonkers for day laborers and their families who are part of Obreros Unidos, a supportive program operated by Catholic Charities New York. Party volunteers will set up prior to event, serve food, distribute raffles, wrap and give out gifts. A brief orientation and training will take place at the site. Volunteers can choose to participate during one or both shifts on January 7th, 2012: from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., or from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All that’s needed is an outgoing personality and great interpersonal skills. We especially welcome bilingual volunteers.

Want to discover even more New York volunteer opportunities? Check out our full list of opportunities here, in locations throughout the Archdiocese of New York.