Catholic Charities launches ‘Champions’ Campaign for support, awareness

25 Nov 2014

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, works efficiently under the radar on a daily basis, helping individuals and families in need through its confidential social services. The agency is also one of the first to respond when disaster strikes, arriving without fanfare to provide emergency aid and long-term recovery assistance for victims.

So, it’s no wonder that Catholic Charities has gained the reputation of being “the best-kept secret” in the Diocese of Metuchen.

“It’s time for Catholic Charities to step into the spotlight,” said executive director Marianne Majewski. “That’s why we are launching the Champions for Catholic Charities campaign.”

The newly-launched campaign, which replaces three annual fundraisers – the Flame of Charity Dinner, Bread & Roses Ball and Annual Golf Classic – is designed to attract the attention of a broader audience.

“Our hope is that we will not only increase our ability to raise funds, but will also be spreading the word about the many and varied programs and services we offer,” explained Majewski. “The campaign is also an open invitation to those seeking assistance; we are letting them know that we serve all people regardless of religion or ethnicity.”

As one of the largest social service agencies in New Jersey, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, offers over 100 programs to serve the people of the four-county diocese – Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren.

The nonprofit agency supports initiatives that provide people in need with services such as housing/search advocacy, residential services for youth, material needs/disaster relief, behavioral health services, parenting education, services for the disabled, substance abuse programs and in-home services for abused/neglected youth.

In an emotional appeal asking individuals and corporations to become Champions for Catholic Charities, Majewski said those who do so would be a champion for the oppressed and underprivileged and give voice to the voiceless. She added that by supporting Catholic Charities, champions help the homeless, feed hungry children and assist families in crisis.

“There’s been a 25 percent increase in the need for child and family counseling,” said Majewski, “and the latest census report shows that poverty in New Jersey is increasing. With 15.4 percent of our children living in poverty, the needs are critical.”

In 2013, with the support of sponsors, donors and volunteers, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, provided more than 145,000 hours of counseling services for children, families and individuals to meet the increasing needs of families in crisis.

“Through the generosity of our committed supporters, we are able to provide assistance to the individuals, families and children in our local communities, who may be unsure of what their future holds,” Majewski said.

To become a Champion for Catholic Charities, individuals and corporate partners can choose from several options. In addition to sponsorship opportunities, tribute gifts may be made in memory of, or in honor of, a loved one.

There is also a Champion 50/50 Raffle, for which tickets now available for purchase. Each chance to win costs $100 and two Grand Prize winners will equally share 50 percent of the proceeds. If all tickets are sold, two winners have the potential of winning $375,000 each. The drawing will take place December 17 during an evening Wine and Cheese Reception at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway.

To purchase a raffle ticket or to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that help to support the Champion for Catholic Charities campaign in the Diocese of Metuchen, visit www.diometuchen.org/champions, email champions@diometuchen.org or call (732) 562-2438. To learn more about the services offered by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, visit www.ccdom.org.

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