Catholic Charities seeks donations

WHEELING – Catholic Charities West Virginia is soliciting donations for its Be With Us in Charity and Change a World appeal to support the agency’s state-wide programs and services.

“As many of us know there are critical needs in our local communities, in isolated and highly impoverished communities and as a result of unexpected disasters,” said Patti Phillips, Development and Marketing director. “We have designed the appeal to support both our need for distributable funds and donor-designated funds.”

The appeal collects both the distributable funds necessary to support statewide offices, based on the local need, and donor-designated funds that advance the local support within the region.

Distributable donations received at the Catholic Charities Center, located at 2000 Main St., are allocated by budget designations where there is most need throughout the state.

Donor-designated funds are identified three ways: at the main office with a memo or notation of the donor’s interest; at the local office; or in the second collection at diocesan parishes at Christmas Mass.

“The goal for distributable donations is $143,000 and for local funds is $138,000 for a total of $281,000, which is an 8 percent increase over 2012’s appeal,” Phillips said.

This year, Catholic Charities launched a Mobile Outreach program and built a home for a family in need in Parkersburg. Case management services have expanded to more outreach offices and clients are achieving goals and finding the hope and confidence necessary to change their worlds.

“We have fed and sheltered your neighbors; we have assisted refugees and children with their growth; we have aided the elderly and those affected by disaster,” said Executive Director Mark Sliter-Hays.

In the coming year, Catholic Charities will open a one-stop family resource center in Martinsburg; launch a middle-school mentoring program in McDowell County; shelter homeless families in Wheeling; another home will be built in Charleston; and individuals and families will receive immediate care in their struggle towards self-sufficiency or recovery from tragedy.

“Catholic Charities West Virginia is extremely humbled by the generosity of others who donate to our annual appeal,” Sliter-Hays added. “Your contributions allow Catholic Charities to be the service arm of the church throughout the state. With your gift we are able to provide opportunities and resources to help break the cycle of poverty. Thank you for your care, concern and compassion.”

Appeal brochures were mailed before Thanksgiving and were available in parishes. Donations may also be made online at or by calling (888) 900-2989.