Although we assist 50-75 local households each year, the confidential nature of our interactions means that there is little awareness of our work in the community, and this affects our efforts in several ways. It makes it more difficult for our neighbors-in-need to connect with us. Recruiting new volunteers is unproductive if we are not well known. Finally, since we are reliant on private donations to fund our assistance programs, awareness is critical to our fund-raising efforts.
To address this awareness issue, the Concord-Carlisle Conference reached out to the parishioners of Holy Family and St. Irene churches on the weekend of September 24th and 25th. An informational article was placed in the weekly bulletin and Conference members spoke at the weekend Masses.Tables were set up at the churches to provide brochures and a chance to meet with Conference members. We also initiated a fund-raising campaign that weekend. As an extra incentive, our generous volunteers offered to match the first $7,500 donated during this Fall fund drive.
Our efforts have begun to bear fruit. Our members spoke with a number of parishioners about our work. Nine people have indicated interest in joining our Conference. We have begun receiving new donations.
There is still time to contribute to the fund drive. Donations enable us to quickly respond to requests for assistance in paying critical household bills such as food, utilities and rent. You can donate by check or online. Click the button below for more information.