"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
Today, a minimum wage salary is creating an alarming shortage in the cost of living, leaving families in a devastating situation. While many don’t qualify for government assistance, they are not making enough to afford basic necessities like housing, utilities, and critical medications.
With bitter cold winter months just around the corner, they face potential homelessness or lack of heat, which can be life-threatening for sick and elderly individuals and infants and children, who are especially vulnerable to the cold.
Learn more about the impact Pennsylvania's housing crisis is making on our community and how Catholic Charities is lightening the load for low-income families.
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love."
Those are the words of Mother Teresa, who was canonized earlier this month.
Will you follow in Saint Teresa’s footsteps today and do a small thing with great love? Find out how you can do this through Catholic Charities.
Last month, people across the nation came together to support victims of flooding in the Gulf Coast and wildfires in California.
This generosity in the wake of these two tragedies that uprooted their communities is an inspiration for all. As Catholics, we are called upon to help those less fortunate, and these recent events demonstrate the powerful impact we can make when we work together.
While these national events are front and center, we want to remind you of what you can do right here in our local community. Find out how Catholic Charities is making in impact in your local neighborhoods.
For many of our loyal donors, supporting Catholic Charities extends well beyond a single annual donation. Many stretch their giving throughout the year, to maximize their impact on the neighbors they serve.
That is especially true for Kevin Slonka of Westmont and Doug Stoehr of Duncansville, who helped launch Catholic Charities' Guild of Guardians, an annual giving program that enables supporters to pledge $1,000 annually to help the organization budget to help more people with more needs throughout the year. While $1,000 may seem like a hefty amount, it breaks down to just $2.74 a day--less than a fancy cup of coffee.
"Many people who choose to make charitable donations usually do so around the holidays. That is wonderful, but many people need assistance throughout the year," said Slonka. "Contributing at the level required for membership in the Guild of Guardians ensures that Catholic Charities can provide assistance to our neighbors throughout the year. Any charitable organization needs a solid base of donors who truly believes in its mission."
In observance of this year's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has asked all local Catholics to focus on the message of Jesus in Matthew 25:35-40, which ends "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me."
During each week of Lent, the Diocese encourages us to observe various aspects of this powerful message. This week, the week of February 21, we're asked to Shelter the Homeless/Welcome the Stranger.
You can fulfill your observance during this week of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by supporting Catholic Charities' homeless shelter, the Martha & Mary House, located in Johnstown. Opened nearly one year ago, the Martha & Mary House provides support, safety, and hope to homeless individuals and families in the form of shelter, planning, and caring case managers. The shelter accommodates up to 15 individuals for up to 30 days, giving them time to secure financial stability and more permanent housing.
Click here to answer Jesus' call to shelter the homeless by supporting the Martha & Mary House.