March 4th, 2015
Catholic Charities announces that for the second year in a row the agency will participate in Giving Day – 24 Hours to Give Where You Live. Presented by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and lead sponsor Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Giving Day is 24 hours of online giving by individuals, families and companies to support their favorite local charities.
During the first Giving Day in 2014, 9,211 people answered the call to “giver where you live” and donated $756,229 to 267 nonprofits in 24 hours. Catholic Charities raised $10,000 with their on-line campaign coordinated by Amy Zajac, Director of Social Media.
Giving Days are part of a growing nationwide trend and benefit the community by increasing the awareness of the diverse needs of the community, raising funds for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations, engaging new and younger donors in giving back to their community, and strengthening nonprofits through training on effective communication, fundraising and donor relation.
This year, Giving Day will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and the goal is to raise $1 million. Catholic Charities is the largest private family service agency in Fairfield County. “We serve the most vulnerable in our communities through programs which alleviate hunger, support the elderly and those with physical and mental health challenges, provide safe care for children and a safe haven for the homeless, and deliver fair and just services to immigrants, all without regard to age, race, religion, or ability to pay.” says Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities. “Help us continue to help those in need by donating to Catholic Charities during Fairfield County Gives: 24 Hours to Give Where You Live. No donation is too small. Every penny helps.”
Donors, friends, family, and community members can click here to reach Catholic Charities’ secure online donation page from midnight through 11:59pm on March 5th to donate.
Turn of River Middle School Sends Their Love to New Covenant House
February 27th, 2015
Morning Glory Noted as a Resource for Danbury Area Homeless
January 9th, 2015
Catholic Charities’ Morning Glory program was recently mentioned in this Danbury News Times article as a resource for the Danbury Area homeless population.
New Covenant House Gets Help From Longtime Friends
January 6th, 2015
The New Covenant House Capital Campaign recently received a hefty boost when Board President Paul Harinstein was presented with a generous donation of $100,000 from Bruce and Linda Koe of Stamford, Connecticut.
“New Covenant House of Hospitality is one of two soup kitchens under the programs provided by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. It is Stamford’s one and only soup kitchen whose mission is to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry. By creating a safe, warm and compassionate environment, we are taking the first steps toward empowering men, women, and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect,” says Catholic Charities’ President Al Barber
Bruce and Linda have been longtime supporters of New Covenant House with Linda being instrumental in her work as a former Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair of The Harvest Table, one of New Covenant House’s annual fundraising events. Along with participating in many New Covenant House events with his wife, Bruce Koe is also on the Board of Neighbor’s Link in Stamford. The couple are active parishioners of Trinity Church in Greenwich. Their Loaves and Fishes group frequently serves at New Covenant House.
Recently, Catholic Charities announced the appointment of John R. Gutman as Executive Director of New Covenant House. John, a longtime volunteer at New Covenant House, brings a wide range of experience from the corporate world. John will be responsible for leading New Covenant House through the balance of the Capital Campaign. The goal of the New Covenant House Capital Campaign is to raise $1.7 million. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $1.2 million; 70% of its goal. The motive of the Capital Campaign is for a new facility scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015. The “new” New Covenant House will encompass 8,000 square feet of space at 174 Richmond Hill, a major expansion from its current 2,000 square foot location. No one understands or can appreciate the need for this new facility better than Bruce and Linda Koe.
2014 St. Nicholas Boutique
December 17th, 2014
The St. Nicholas Boutique is established to provide Catholic Charities’ clients with much needed assistance during the Christmas season. This year the annual St. Nicholas Boutique was able to help approximately 250 families and 1,250 individuals throughout Fairfield County by providing toys and clothing that will bring a Merry Christmas to the needy and vulnerable clients served by the agency.
The toys donated to the St. Nicholas Boutique came mostly from a bulk donation provided by the students and families of the Fairfield College Preparatory School through a toy drive coordinated by Jonathan DeRosa, Director of Student Activities and Christian Services. Additional donations were provided by CTM Media Corporation located in Norwalk, the Knights of Columbus, and the University of Bridgeport.
Room to Grow Preschool received a direct donation from Al’s Angels, a Westport-based charity for helping children and their families facing cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and severe financial hardship.
In addition to toys, Catholic Charities received a generous donation from Zumiez which included blankets, hats, gloves, socks, sweatshirts, and coats. The agency was able to provide over 500 coats to keep clients warm during the cold winter months.
Between the toys and the donation from Zumiez, it is estimated that Catholic Charities received approximately $20,000 in in-kind donations this Christmas season. In addition, the agency received $6,600 in grants to help families in need from private donors. This money has already been designated for expressed hardships.
“Our staff members go to the St. Nicholas Boutique and pick out items for the clients they serve. There is such a need in the Diocese this Christmas season, that within the first day our boutique was basically sold out. That speaks volumes about the importance of what we do.” says Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities.