Catholic Charities reaching toward its fundraising goal

BUFFALO – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, reported at the end of Appeal Week 2014 about $8.8 million had been raised. This 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.

In Dunkirk and across Chautauqua County, Catholic Charities provides a variety of services including: counseling for individuals, children and families; basic assistance; Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness Program and Domestic Violence Offenders Program. Chautauqua County Outreach offers the volunteer-based friendly phones telephone assurance program and friendly visits to local hospital patients and nursing home residents.

Last year, Catholic Charities provided assistance to more than 5,000 individuals in Chautauqua County. The Dunkirk office is located at 425 Main St. and the phone number is 366-3533. Maria Perez-Cruz is director of services in Chautauqua County

“As we journey through Holy Week, we reflect on our Lenten journey in preparation for the joyous celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday. In a similar journey through the remainder of the 2014 Appeal, we prepare for the advancement of Christ’s mission to minister to those in need. Your generosity in serving our brothers and sisters through the annual Catholic Charities Appeal is greatly appreciated,” Bishop Malone said.

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity.

The annual campaign runs through June 30. For more information on Appeal 2014 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400 or go to Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at and on Twitter at