Catholic Charities' collaborations with local businesses in support of its annual Appeal continue to grow in an effort to expand its donor base, reach a younger demographic and raise awareness about the organization's mission and services.
These collaborative events are part of Catholic Charities' efforts to attract donors from all walks of life. The events include fundraisers and a young adult networking event.
Shoppers who stop by Tony Walker & Co., 5110 Main St., Williamsville March 26 will receive 10 percent off their purchases through the "Charity Shopping Day," a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities and the retail company. Additionally, 10 percent of each purchase will go to Catholic Charities. Visit ccwny.org and search for Tony Walker & Co. "Charity Shopping Day" under the "Events" tab to print the flyer for this discount.
The month of April features three main events:
•Young professionals are invited to "Sip, Mingle, Learn!," the third annual young adult networking event hosted by Catholic Charities. It takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Handlebar, 149 Swan St., Buffalo. In addition to networking, young adults can learn a little about how Catholic Charities helps those across Western New York through brief remarks by a former client, meeting young staff members who will be on hand, and an informative display.
To RSVP, contact Cassandra Carleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-218-1400, ext. 2090, by April 9, or do so online at ccwny.org by searching for "Sip, Mingle, Learn!" under the "Events" page.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a personal hygiene item(s) for a Dignity bag, which Catholic Charities provides to those in need. For more information, visit ccwny.org/dignity-bags.
•A community fundraiser will be hosted by Bob Evans Restaurant, 6635 Transit Road, Bowmansville, April 23. Catholic Charities will receive 15 percent of the daily total from patrons who present the flyer when they dine in that day. To print the flyer to support Catholic Charities at Bob Evans that day, visit ccwny.org and look for Community Fundraiser under "Events."
•Catholic Charities will be a featured charity again in the second annual ReedsJenss' "Giveback Day" event. It is set for April 25 and this year will be held at both the Abbott Road (Orchard Park) and Maple Road (Amherst) stores. Catholic Charities will receive 10 percent from every purchase when customers select the organization as their recipient.
New spring pieces from the Embrace the Difference collection, designed by storeowner Robyn Zimmer, will be released and patrons who spend $90 or more on the collection will receive a gift. The discounts also are extended to the ReedsJenss' store in Niagara Falls.
A catered lunch will be available at the Orchard Park and Maple Road locations, and customers will have the opportunity to meet current and former Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres players. To RSVP so organizers can plan for lunch or to find out more, visit ccwny.org and search for "Giveback Day" under "Events."
Sister Mary, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said, "Catholic Charities is grateful for the support of local businesses that are stepping up and contributing to our cause. The donations received will go toward helping more than 142,000 people across Western New York. We look forward to working with even more businesses in the future!"
The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities' 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York, along with the bishop's "Fund for the Faith." Last year, Catholic Charities impacted the lives of 71,273 children and 71,382 adults and seniors.
For 91 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York.
For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service from the Council on Accreditation.
To make a donation or learn more about Appeal 2015, contact Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org.