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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. 

Medina Prepares for Civil War Encampment with Genesee Community College

Medina Prepares for Civil War Encampment with Genesee Community College

MEDINA- History buffs and curious citizens alike will gather in Medina, April 26 through 28 to experience a grand commemoration of the US Civil War- a three-day encampment at Medina’s Genesee Community College campus. 

The Civil War Initiative (or CWI) is the brainchild of GCC History Instructor Derek Maxfield, who stated that the concept for the encampment originated with his Civil War Initiative at GCC in Batavia.  

Said Maxfield, “With the commemoration years upon us, I wanted to mark the occasion as it was the ultimate teaching moment.  The Civil War has always been popular, but often surrounded by myths, legends and misunderstanding.”  

AmeriCorps Week 2013: “I Serve” with Buffalo AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Week 2013: “I Serve” with Buffalo AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps Week 2013: “I Serve” with Buffalo AmeriCorps Volunteers will perform

Save the Date - "For Women Only" May 1st

Save the Date - "For Women Only" May 1st

Legislator Dixon, Urban Valet announce 4th Annual Prom Dress Drive kicks-off today

Legislator Dixon, Urban Valet announce 4th Annual Prom Dress Drive kicks-off today

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon will again partner with Urban Valet Dry Cleaners for the 4th Annual Prom Dress Drive. All donated gowns will be professionally cleaned thanks to Urban Valet and made available to local high school girls in need of a dress for prom.

“I am happy to once again host the Prom Dress Drive to collect gowns and ensure local girls have something beautiful to wear to the dance. This is an incredible cost savings for any family as prom can be quite expensive,” said Legislator Dixon. “The community has always been extremely supportive, even donating amazing designer dresses. There is always a large selection of sizes, styles and colors, including long and short gowns, making shopping through the collection fun for the girls.”

Cory Lewis-Orleans Community Health Named 'Best Physical Therapist'

Cory Lewis-Orleans Community Health Named 'Best Physical Therapist'

Congratulations to Cory Lewis for receiving the title of "Best Physical Therapist" in the Best of the Best-Journal Register!  Cory works at Lake Plains Physical Therapy and also Orleans Community Health in Albion (585)589-CARE.