"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."
We have received reports from several local parishioners stating that they received a telephone call soliciting for contributions to Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities does not solicit for individual contributions by telemarketing. Currently, Catholic Charities solicits support by mail, email, our website, www.catholiccharitiesaj.org, and our annual second collection in November.
If you receive a call seeking contributions for Catholic Charities, please feel free to contact our office at 944-9388.
Committed to serving the people of central Pennsylvania without regard for race, ethnic origin, religious belief, or financial means, through the generosity of donors from the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, from the communities we serve, and from the United Ways in Cambria-Somerset Counties, Clinton, Centre County and Blair County.
The mission of Catholic Charities is carried out under the direction of the Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johstown
The recent holidays saw another successful season of the Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Family program. One of the most popular giving opportunities of the year, it provides families in need with anonymously donated clothing, household items, toys, and even, in some cases, a full Christmas dinner.
Your contributions can:
- Help 3 or more families with a one-time 100-gallon emergency heating fuel delivery to survive just one month of our cold PA winter.
- Help 4 disabled people living on Social Security disability payments (averaging only $755.10 per month) and living in subsidized housing with an eviction notice for $250.00 each.
- Help provide 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and new shoes for 17 homeless neighbors living in The Martha & Mary House to start a job for approximately $58 dollars each.
These individuals, selected from nominations received across the eight counties of the Diocese, will be presented with the Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award.
Check back for more details!
For many neighbors in Central Pennsylvania—more than we often realize—the winter months, especially after the holiday season ends, bring uncertainty, stress, and even depression. These families are facing this winter wondering how they’ll afford basic necessities like housing, food, electricity, heat, and medical care. With the price of heating oil expected to rise, this year’s stress is deeper.