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January 17, 2013

APPEALING TO ALL

Catholic Charities prepares for annual drive

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Dennis Walczyk, who succeeds Ulrich as chief executive officer, said, “Having a youth chair lets people know that they are an important part of this, that we care about them and that they’re needed.”

The Appeal has added a QR code to its pamphlets and that should appeal to the generation of smart phone users. The scannable code gives them “Quick Response” via smart phones.

The Appeal helps support more than 70 programs and services Catholic Charities offers. Last year, Catholic Charities provided assistance to more then 130,000 people. It helped more than 5,200 individuals in eastern Niagara County.

There are challenging demographics.

”We bury 6,000 Catholics and baptise 2,500 Catholics every year,” Ulrich said. “We’re losing donors. What is comforting is is that our average gift continues to grow. People see value in what we’re doing.”

The average donation has climbed to a record high $175.

Mike and Maureen Pratt told of the new incentives for large donors. They noted that 3 percent of the donors raise 38 percent of the money. 

This year’s Appeal Week will take place March 17 - March 24 throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The slogan again this year is: “Protect, Strengthen & Power.” The patron saint of the Appeal is Frederick Ozanam, who founded the Society of St. Vincent DePaul. 

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