Catholic Charities launches Appeal 2020


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Catholic Charities is launching its 2020 Appeal, the annual campaign to raise money for charitable work in the local area.

This year’s fundraising objective is a drop from last year’s goal of $11 million, which was not reached.

This time around, Catholic Charities is hoping to bring in $10 million in donations.

Buffalo’s Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, spoke during the announcement.

The annual Appeal helps funds 51 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities across western New York. These include basic needs assistance, counseling, job training and education.

“Despite whatever challenges may come, tens of thousands across our community continue to rely on the support provided by Catholic Charities,” Appeal 2020 Chair Rick Cronin said. “We must come together as a faith community and think of our neighbors in need. When considering your donation, think of that hungry family who received food or that young person who was able to get back on track by earning a high school equivalency diploma. These are the individuals who benefit from your contribution to Catholic Charities.”

Cronin told us more about this year’s Appeal on Wake Up! Wednesday morning:

MORE | Here’s how you can donate.

Here are the dates and times for Appeal volunteer workshops:

  • Cattaraugus/Allegany Counties Workshop — Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 East Main Street, Allegany
  • Chautauqua County Workshop — Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 42 Main Street, Bemus Point
  • Erie County Workshop — Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Russell J. Salvatore Pantry & Outreach, 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna
  • Niagara County Workshop — Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 2671 Townline Road, Ransomville

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