Matching campaign has $35,000 goal in 2016
Community Missions launches its 11th annual Parents' Day Campaign this week, giving Niagara residents a chance to honor their fathers and mothers with a gift to support their neighbors in need.
Once again, long-time supporters of Community Missions will match donations to the campaign. Stephen and Sharon Plumeri have pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $15,000 donated, while Niagara Falls Redevelopment has given the first $1,000 to the campaign.
Generous media sponsors NiagaraHub and AllServicesWNY are providing further support of the campaign.
"We are so appreciative of the way the community has always embraced the Parents' Day Campaign," said Christian Hoffman, communications and development manager at Community Missions. "It is so rewarding for the mission to be an institution through which the Niagara community helps their own."
Donations made to Community Missions are vital to its crisis services, including the emergency housing shelter, community kitchen and food pantry, where demand continues to increase. Last year, the pantry distributed 36,342 meals. That total was 7,047 more than 2014, representing a startling 24 percent increase in just one year. This trend has already continued in 2016, as the first quarter's 8,793 meals stands as an 8 percent increase from 2015 and a 50 percent increase from the 2014 first quarter total.
Donations can be made in person or via check at 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Online donations can also be made by visiting bit.ly/CMIDonate and selecting the "Parents' Day Campaign" option under the "Apply my Donation to" heading.
In 2015, Community Missions celebrated its 90th anniversary of serving the less-fortunate in Niagara County. Last year, CMI provided more than 87,000 meals and 10,000 nights of shelter as the county's largest private provider of basic human needs.