News

May 18, 2020

Re-opening Plans for Office Locations

Catholic Charities office locations have been temporarily closed to clients, but staff have been helping to fulfill requests by telephone and email. Counseling services have also continued by phone.

May 18, 2020

Making a Difference in Centre County

Thank you to the donors who helped Catholic Charities raise $3,410 in Centre Gives! This year’s Centre Gives event was one for the record books with 17,104 gifts totaling $1,839,143.

May 18, 2020

Compassionate Assistance and Helpful Guidance

When you give to Catholic Charities, do you know the full scope of your generosity? First, your support makes sure our doors are open to all—anyone who needs help can seek our assistance, regardless of their faith. Catholic Charities does not exist to help Catholics, it exists to help donors of all faiths help their neighbors.

Apr 24, 2020

Save the Date for Centre Gives

No matter where you live, you can support Catholic Charities in Centre Gives, a 36-hour online fundraising event organized by the Centre Foundation.

Apr 21, 2020

Still Offering Help & Hope, Despite Office Closures

Thanks to your generous support, Catholic Charities can continue to be a beacon of hope for neighbors in need. Find out how we are still serving local communities, with your help.

Apr 21, 2020

Early Recognition for Matthew 25 Youth Award Winner

Catholic Charities received many worthwhile nominations for its Annual Recognition Dinner, which has now been postponed. We would like to recognize a Matthew 25 Youth Award winner now, as he is a high school senior and will be graduating this year.

Feb 26, 2020

Requests Reveal Areas of Greatest Need in our Communities

As always, winter is a difficult time for the most vulnerable individuals and families across our 8-county Diocesan area. All three of Catholic Charities offices are receiving requests for emergency financial assistance to help in three key areas. Here they are.

Feb 26, 2020

Nominations Open for Annual Recognition Dinner

Do you know someone in our Diocese—an adult or young person—who lives out their faith regularly through acts of service, volunteerism and charity? Send your nomination for the Annual Recognition Dinner. Find out how.

Feb 26, 2020

Save the Date: Annual Recognition Dinner

Mark your calendar for this year’s Annual Recognition Dinner and the presentation of the Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award. Get the details.

Jan 9, 2020

Wine & Food Pairings will help neighbors in need

Dec 12, 2019

Sharing Christ's Love at Christmas

Your generosity helps individuals and families in your community afford basic necessities—food, shelter, heat, electricity. It also does something much more profound. Your generosity shares Christ’s love.

Nov 20, 2019

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday

You’re already getting fliers and emails for Black Friday and Cyber Monday—remember to save the date for another special day. Catholic Charities is part of Giving Tuesday 2019—a chance to live your faith by giving back to neighbors in need.

Nov 20, 2019

Generous Supporters Partner to Bring Thanksgiving Joy to Blair County Families

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, Catholic Charities is delighted to help provide Thanksgiving celebrations to Blair County families.

Nov 20, 2019

Cambria County’s Only Emergency Shelter Offers Safe, Secure Housing as Winter Arrives

There’s no good time of the year to be homeless. Everyone deserves to live with dignity in safe, secure housing, year-round. But as colder months arrive, the availability of emergency shelter is especially important.

Nov 20, 2019

Don’t Forget to Give While You Shop!

Remember that there’s an easy way to contribute to Catholic Charities through Amazon Smile. Start your shopping at Amazon at Smile.Amazon.com and search and select Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown from the Charity List section. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Oct 23, 2019

Give for the Holidays, Even While You Shop

You can give to Catholic Charities directly year-round, and in one of these two ways, which are especially popular during the Christmas season. Learn about Giving Tuesday and Amazon Smile.

Oct 23, 2019

When Other Doors are Closed, Catholic Charities Gives Help and Hope

Like most non-profits, Catholic Charities writes to you every year, usually more than once, asking for donations. There are many worthwhile causes and organizations seeking your help—Catholic Charities is one of many.

Oct 23, 2019

Lack of Affordable Housing Reaches Crisis Level in Our Region

When rent equals or exceeds 30% of an individual’s income, they face an increased risk of homelessness, and struggle to afford other basic necessities. This is the grim reality facing residents in all 8 counties in our area, and it disproportionately affects seniors, families and individuals with disabilities.

Sep 26, 2019

How a Thousand Moments Changed the World: A Thank You Letter from Jean Johnstone

You’ve heard the analogy that helping another person has the same impact as dropping a pebble into a pond—a ripple effect where the results of one act continue to spread. This is how you, Catholic Charities— and thousand moments—changed the world. Please read on.

Sep 26, 2019

The Most Pressing Issues in our Region

When you give to Catholic Charities, your donations directly support an individual or family in the county where you live. The average request for assistance is just $232, but this support changes lives. Find out what issues our eight-county area is facing.

Sep 26, 2019

Update on Wine Tasting Benefit

Catholic Charities extends its thanks and apologies to everyone who registered for our most recent Wine Tasting Event in Johnstown, which was ultimately postponed. Here’s a quick update on this event and others throughout the 8-county region.

Aug 14, 2019

Popular Wine Tasting Benefit Coming to Johnstown

Friends of Catholic Charities in Blair and Centre counties have already enjoyed this unique fundraising event—now it’s coming to Johnstown. Get the details and register today!

Aug 14, 2019

Extreme heat impacts seniors, the poor

As waves of extreme hot temperatures become more common during the summer months, some neighbors are more vulnerable to the effects—seniors and the poor. Find out how you can help.

Aug 14, 2019

What it means to be Catholic

Some of us were born into the faith, while others among us chose to become part of it. But there is a common thread, a belief we share, as brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith.