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Catholic Charities 2013 Appeal Reaches $10.2 Million; $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal by June 30

With just about six weeks remaining before the close of the 2013 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,231,128.55 in cash and pledges, or 95.6 percent of its $10.7 million goal. The most comprehensive human services organization in Western New York now asks the community to help raise the remaining funds – less than $500,000 – needed to meet the final goal by June 30.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Department to Recognize Local EMS Personnel

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Department to Recognize Local EMS Personnel

The EmStar Emergency Department of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital will recognize local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals at an award’s dinner on Tuesday, May 21 at the Niagara Falls Country Club. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Mount St. Mary's Hospital and the BEA Group, the group of physicians that staff the hospital’s EmStar Emergency Department, the dinner is being held in conjunction with the hospital’s recognition of national EMS Week.  Dr. Lloyd Brown W. Brown, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine/EmStar, is the organizer of the event to salute EMS excellence and Diana Volkman, BSN, of the New York State Department of Health’s Western Region Office of Health Emergency Preparedness will be the guest speaker.

Catholic Charities Offering Naturalization Workshop for Those Seeking Citizenship

Catholic Charities of Buffalo will offer a naturalization workshop for those looking to become United States citizens on May 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 228 Albany St., Buffalo, the school site on the former Nativity Campus. Eligible candidates must be 18 years of age or older, have had a green card for at least four years and be able to read, write and speak basic English. Participants must bring: Green Cards for all family members; social security cards for each family member; two passport-sized photos of each applicant or $6 money order for each applicant to have photos taken; 2011 tax return and/or proof of Medicaid, food stamps or public assistance from the Department of Social Services or supplemental security income letter; list of all employment and addresses from the past five years; and list of all travel since becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Space is limited.

Medina Welcomes Civil War Encampment

Medina Welcomes Civil War Encampment

MEDINA, NY- Final preparations are in motion for the 2013 Civil War Initiative- a three-day long Civil War encampment being held at Medina's GCC Campus.  

There will be plenty to see and do over the course of the weekend – April 26-28th. Among the many activities are genealogy workshops on both Saturday and Sunday, a concert by the famed Excelsior Fife and Drum Band at 12:00 PM on Saturday, and appearances by Clara Barton – as portrayed by actress Eleanor Stearns at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and Robert E. Lee – portrayed by Tom Schobert – at 11:00 AM on Sunday.

New Directions Youth and Family Services Set to Uncork 4th Annual Wines of Distinction

New Directions Youth and Family Services Set to Uncork 4th Annual Wines of Distinction

All proceeds from annual fundraiser will help to update recreational equipment
and fund recreational activities for at-risk children

Catholic Charities Appeal Reaches $9.7 Million Mark

Less than one month after Appeal Week 2013 ended, volunteers for the annual Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo must raise $1 million more to reach this year’s $10.7 million campaign goal. Today, the organization announced $9,738,391.31 has been raised in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of the goal. Appeal officials said this is right on track with where the 2012 Appeal stood at this time last year.

Appeal Week 2013, held March 17-24, marked the strongest push for parish donations to support the myriad programs Catholic Charities offers, including behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, the refugee assistance program, and counseling for individuals, children and families.

The 2013 Appeal ends June 30 and efforts to increase support from lapsed and new donors will continue in parishes, schools and the corporate community.

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

 

For the first time in American history on April 22, 2013, people in 200 cities and 45 states will join and will walk together in solidarity to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children at the inaugural Million March Against Child Abuse. Buffalo will be one of the participating cities.  Child advocate groups, churches, parents, teachers and many other concerned citizens from across Western New York (WNY) will take part in this national event and will converge on Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo and March to Niagara Square loudly voicing their collective outrage against child abuse along their route.