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Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

 

It’s quite an accomplishment when you can take a hobby and turn it into a career. It becomes a remarkable achievement when you can expand upon that career so that it will benefit countless others in your community and across the country.

But that’s exactly what 26-year-old Orchard Park resident Matt Schreiner has been able to accomplish, with amazing results. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School and Buffalo State College, where he majored in education, Schreiner decided to follow a different career path. This path focused on his artistic abilities and his love of sports and especially his hometown teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isiah Marshall, associate professor and master of social work program director at Daemen College, has been selected as a Health Leadership Fellow by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The 18-month program is designed to expand the network of highly collaborative and skilled leaders who will serve as advocates to improve the health and well-being of the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty throughout the region.

As a Health Leadership Fellow, Marshall will participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader, results-based leadership, and collaboration. He will also attend two- to three-day retreats led by experts in the field, take part in an inter-organizational team project, and receive executive coaching.

Local Participants Selected for Lifestyle Change Health Challenge

Local Participants Selected for Lifestyle Change Health Challenge

For the first time in the Buffalo region, the American Heart Association will conduct the Lifestyle Change Challenge, an innovative initiative that will chronicle the journey toward meaningful lifestyle changes that improves heart health for nine local participants. The 12-week Challenge, sponsored by Leading Edge Performance and Independent Nursing Care, is designed to remind us all to make simple lifestyle choices every day that will have a significant impact on our overall cardiovascular health.

 

Daemen Student Receives Top Social Work Honor

Daemen Student Receives Top Social Work Honor

Daemen College student Kathryn Procknal has been named the 2014 Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) - New York State Western Division. She received the award at the chapter’s annual Awards Networking Luncheon held March 27 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.

Procknal was selected for the award in recognition of her academic excellence and for personifying the values of social work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics.

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of  Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have announced Michael and Maureen Pratt will serve as chairs, and Jake and Katie Schneider will serve as vice chairs, for the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal.

The 90th annual campaign extends through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and seeks to raise $10.8 million to help fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York. The many services benefiting from the Appeal include education and employment assistance, behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, and immigration and refugee assistance.

This year’s Appeal Week will be held April 6 through April 13. The theme of Appeal 2014 is “Heart at work.”

JACOBS’ TAX PREP EVENT PROVIDED VALUABLE SERVICE TO RESIDENTS

                                County Clerk delivers assistance to working families and individuals file tax returns

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs hosted FREE tax preparation assistance to help working families and individuals filing tax returns who are claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits at the Erie County Auto Bureau-Northtown Office.

“The time to begin filing tax returns is now, taxpayers should not wait until the last minute,” said County Clerk Jacobs. “I am pleased to take part in offering this essential service and assist taxpayers in filing accurate state and federal tax returns to ensure they receive the necessary deductions and Earned Income Tax Credit.”