by Steve Mullin
It’s that time of year for Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s Annual Appeal, and we’re really generating momentum. This year’s appeal, “Be the Hands of Hope,” takes up Pope Francis’ call to “bring hope to those in need.” To help, we’ve put together a short list of “Things You Should Know.” Think of this as your primer.
1. Annual Appeal Sunday is May 17th – We started with an easy one. On May 17th, we’ll be taking pledges in each of the 84 parishes in the Diocese. What better day to commit your time, talent and treasure to Catholic Charities?
2. Donations stay local – 100% of the gifts received from the annual appeal support individuals that live in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
3. Isn’t Catholic Charities part of the Diocese of Oakland Capital Campaign “Reclaiming Christ’s Mission Together?” – Catholic Charities will receive a capital investment as part of the Diocese of Oakland’s Capital Campaign. However, pledges to our Annual Appeal support our general operating and program costs. These funds are crucial to the work that we do in moving youth and families from crisis to stability to prosperity.
4. What does Catholic Charities do? – We provide services in three main areas. We are “Welcoming the Stranger” by providing immigration legal services, and refugee resettlement and employment services. In “Healing Trauma,” we provide healing to families, and especially children living in poverty in urban areas, who encounter multiple traumas over many years. We are “Fostering Self-Sufficiency” through an array of services that help keep families in their homes, to retain their assets, and achieve living wage employment opportunities.
5. We have a great new agency film – We’ll close with an easy one. Catholic Charities produced “The Hands of Hope” to better explain “Who we are” and “What we do”. Enjoy that video and more on our Videos Page. “Who are we? We are the hands of hope.”
As we embark on our Annual Appeal, we want to thank you for your ongoing support. We urge you to pledge to our Annual Appeal on May 17th. Together, we can make a positive change in the lives of refugee families, heal the emotional wounds of trauma and continue to offer services that will help keep needy families in their homes. Together, WE can make a difference.
Together, WE can Be the Hands of Hope.