2013 Catholic Charities Appeal Underway
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. - He's been a parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul in Jamestown for almost sixty years.
"It's the foundation of our whole faith," said Ray Carlson, Jamestown Resident.
Ray Carlson of Jamestown, also contributes to Catholic Charities.
"Its just part of living as far as I'm concerned, it's something, giving back to the community and my church," said Carlson.
Bishop Richard Malone recently launched the 89th annual Catholic Charities campaign.
This years goal is ten point seven million dollars, a hundred thousand more than last year.
Money raised will help the Diocese of Buffalo fund seventy programs across the eight counties of Western New York.
"For emergency food for groceries, it might be prescription coverage, it might be for housing, in this economy the need becomes greater," said Tom Muldowney, Chautauqua County Co-Chair.
Chautauqua County campaign co-chair Tom Muldowney says with a twenty four percent drop in donors in the County, any contribution is appreciated.
"People that the appeal reaches are people that touch us everywhere, they're in the grocery stores, they go to school with our children and grandchildren," said Muldowney.
Last year, during its 2012 appeal, Catholic Charities exceeded its goal and raised more than ten point seven million dollars. Of that, more than $395,000 was raised in parishes all across Chautauqua County.
"And that's in the midst of an economy that's very shaky right now, and a population that isn't growing to any statistically significant sense, so fewer people with less income, are doing more, " said Father Dennis Mende, Holy Apostles Parish Pastor.
Like Carlson, who encourages others to contribute as well.
"Theres so many requests you get from people you don't know, this is something we know, and understand how its being used," said Carlson.
The appeal ends June 30th.