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Catholic Charities Appeal Press Conference 2019
On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA) officially launched the 2019 campaign, Giving Hope to All. Linda McDonough, President of the CCA Board, officially kicked off the appeal during a press conference held at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood. The 2019 Appeal has set a goal of $12.5 million.
“Today, we officially launch the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal, Giving Hope to All. But what does that mean? Giving Hope to All means that a special needs student has access to a quality Catholic education, one that is designed to meet his or her individual needs. It means that through Nutritional Development Services we are able to nourish the hungry through one of our many food pantries across the region. It means that families across the Archdiocese are provided with core services including much-needed baby items like diapers and formula, pregnancy and parenting classes, family strengthening programs, emergency rent, and utility assistance. Giving Hope means this and so much more. When you give to the Catholic Charities Appeal, you shine a light of hope. You feed the hungry, aid the poor and bring joy to the suffering.”
Gifts made to the CCA will provide necessary support to tens of thousands of people. These individuals are served by a myriad of organizations, programs, and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Over 180 beneficiary organizations of the Appeal are grouped into five key areas: Education; Social Services; Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life; Clergy; and Local Mission Activities.
Today’s press conference also featured remarks from Mr. Jim Amato, Secretary for Catholic Human Services; Mr. Samuel Abu, Coordinator of Parish Volunteers and Community Development, Delaware County Family Service Center; and Mrs. Natalie Wallace, a parent at St. Lucy’s Day School for Children with Visual Impairments.
In 2018, CCA helped to ensure the vitality of countless organizations and ministries throughout the five-county Archdiocese. The Appeal, along with funding drives for select beneficiaries and a generous bequest, met its $12.5 million goal last year.