With the announcement of the Catholic Charities Appeal 2023, Catholic Charities is beginning 100 years of service. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive direct human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York.
The Appeal leadership announced a goal of $9.5 million in support of Catholic Charities and the diocesan Fund for the Faith.
The annual Appeal funds 57 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities across 80 locations and many diocesan ministries through the Fund for the Faith.
This year marks the 100th year of Catholic Charities serving Western New York and the 99th year of the annual Appeal. During its first year, Catholic Charities served about 12,500 people. Last year, Catholic Charities’ programs and services supported more than 134,000 individuals, families, and children. In the 98 years of the Appeal, close to half a billion dollars has been raised to provide help and hope to those who need it most.
The Fund for the Faith provides for such ministries as campus ministry, cultural diversity, deaf ministry, parish spiritual renewal, marriage preparation, pro-life activities and services leadership and support services for Catholic Education, and curriculum for Faith Formation programs in Catholic schools, among others.
This year the Appeal patron is Venerable Nelson H. Baker, founder of Our Lady of Victory charities.
As of early last week Catholic Charities has reached 74.11% of their goal totaling $7,040,568.57. Of this St. Louis has raised $85,412.04 toward our goal of $146,737. This means another $61,234.94 is needed to make our goal.
For 100 years Catholic Charities has fed the hungry, mended broken families, comforted the troubled, and protected the youngest among us.
If you have not yet done so, you are encouraged to make a donation to the 2023 Catholic Charities Appeal. Even the smallest donation goes a long way to ease the burdens of those in need. Thank you for your continued support to Catholic Charities.