The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, this week announced a $10.9 million goal for the 2015 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo. Bishop Malone made the announcement at a kick-off event held at Catholic Charities' A Gathering Place, a daily social program for adults 60 years of age and older in Buffalo. The theme for the 2015 Appeal is "Find Good Within" and the patron saint of the 91st annual Appeal is St. Francis of Assisi.
The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities' 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop's Fund for the Faith.
"This year's theme is about setting aside our preconceived notions, opening our hearts and looking inside ourselves, and others to find the good within," said Bishop Malone. "It's easy to look at the world in which we live and see the bad, the need; where we fall short. Sometimes, it's harder to find the good. At Catholic Charities, we believe there is abundant good in the world, and in each one of us, regardless of our circumstances.
"Catholic Charities helps create and spread the good in our community through vital services that help more than 142,000 of our neighbors in need, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, throughout Western New York," Bishop Malone explained.
Two important dates during the 2015 Appeal include First Report Sunday on March 22 and the culmination of Appeal Week on Palm Sunday, March 29. Although Appeal Week marks the strongest push for parish donations, volunteers will work to achieve the final goal until the conclusion of Catholic Charities' fiscal year on June 30 if necessary.
To make a donation or learn more about Appeal 2015, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org. You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.