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Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food Bank of Western New York. In addition, the company matched the employee food drive with a donation of more than $2,000 worth of items. For one week, March 21 – March 28, NOCO collected non-perishable donations from its seven office/warehouse locations throughout Western New York.

“NOCO has a long tradition of giving back to the local communities we serve and I want to thank all of our employees who participated in a spirited food drive to donate to those most in need,” said James D. Newman, NOCO president.  “Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer.”

The Buffalo Zoo Wants You to Power Down for Polar Bears

The Buffalo Zoo is launching a new initiative called “Power Down for Polar Bears” to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

The initiative was developed to encourage the Western New York community to participate in the global “Earth Hour” movement. Earth Hour will take place on March 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Zoo’s “Power Down for Polar Bears” event will run for a full week from March 23 – March 29 to encourage maximum participation.

Participation is easy! Schools and classrooms, local businesses, and individuals or families can get involved. During “Power Down for Polar Bears” week, participants should shut off any non-essential lights, appliances, or electronics for at least one hour. Consuming less energy is one easy way to reduce carbon emissions, and slow the melting of sea ice. Polar bears in the wild depend on sea ice to survive.

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of  Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have announced Michael and Maureen Pratt will serve as chairs, and Jake and Katie Schneider will serve as vice chairs, for the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal.

The 90th annual campaign extends through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and seeks to raise $10.8 million to help fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York. The many services benefiting from the Appeal include education and employment assistance, behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, and immigration and refugee assistance.

This year’s Appeal Week will be held April 6 through April 13. The theme of Appeal 2014 is “Heart at work.”

Students Present Valentines To Vets At Jacobs’ Outreach

Students Present Valentines To Vets At Jacobs’ Outreach

Veterans that attended Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” event received more than a discount card

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has hosted over 50 community outreaches throughout Erie County issuing “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Cards to eligible Veterans. The identification card provides valuable discounts at over 600 Erie County Businesses.

Thursday’s “Thank-A-Vet” outreach at the Leonard Post in Cheektowaga was very special to the over 100 veterans that attended. In addition to receiving their “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card, veterans were also given a hand-made valentine created by students from Cheektowaga Central Middle School.

Prior to this event, Chris Jacobs coordinated an effort with Cheektowaga Central Middle School, where over one hundred 5th graders participated in making valentines to be handed out to veterans at the Clerk’s “Thanks-A-Vet” outreach.

Emergency Relief Account Established to Aid Elma Family Displaced by Fire

Emergency Relief Account Established to Aid Elma Family Displaced by Fire

 

A house fire on Rice Road in Elma on Feb. 4 left one family with nothing but the clothes on their back. And now the family is appealing to the community for assistance.

“The support of family, friends and strangers has been a godsend,” said Timothy Panicali, who barely escaped the fast-moving early morning blaze with his wife and their two young sons. “People have been very generous with things like clothes and shoes. We were very blessed to get out safe.” The Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross is also assisting the family.

JACOBS LEADS STUDENTS IN VALENTINES FOR VETS PROJECT

JACOBS LEADS STUDENTS IN VALENTINES FOR VETS PROJECT

Special cards created for local veterans thanking them for their service

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs helped lead a Valentines for Veterans project with 5th grade students at Cheektowaga Middle School. Jacobs worked closely with Principal Gretchen Sukdolak to coordinate this event where middle school students created hundreds of
hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for veterans both locally and overseas.

“This was an opportunity to share with the students what it means to be a veteran and explain why veterans, both past and present, should be honored for their service and for protecting the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” stated Jacobs. “This is a great community service project.”

County Clerk Jacobs will be delivering these cards, just in time for Valentine’s Day, to area veterans during an upcoming “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach at the Leonard Post in Cheektowaga.