By: Erin Walker-Tolles
Snow or Shine, Summer or Legislative Session. In times of plenty and times of financial trouble…Every single day, CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICE is living the corporal works of mercy!
With the 31st Legislative Session convened in Juneau, conversations about Alaska’s economic challenges are front and center. Many smart, caring, dedicated people are looking for ways to make ends meet, and provide for the health and safety of all Alaskans, especially those in need.
However, even as our elected officials work, and concerned Alaskan’s educate and advocate for solutions, Alaskan’s continue to need support to live safe, healthy and independent lives. So, despite the uncertainty Catholic Community Service and other non-profits and social service providers face right now, we continue to work every day to help Southeast Alaskan’s in need.
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICE KEEPS PROVIDING HELP, AND THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY CONTINUE!
We rely on so many, and I want to share a bit of this with you and say thanks to those who give of their time and resources to help us make ends meet!
DIOCESE SPECIAL COLLECTION UPDATE
I wanted to share a quick update on your generous gifts during the Diocese special collection in September. As I shared during my brief pulpit talks at many parishes, we received a pledge from the Gaguine Family Foundation to match your gifts. The Gaguine Foundation DOUBLED your $20,000 donation to whopping $40,000 GRAND TOTAL dedicated to CCS program services for those in need! Thank you!
Volunteers help us reach out to those in need, and they help our limited funds go further.
• In Juneau, all Meals on Wheels (an average of 60 meals a day!) are delivered by an all-volunteer team of drivers who not only hand deliver a hot, nutritious lunch to homebound seniors but also check on their safety and take a moment to show their compassion and friendship to these special seniors!
• At 11 Senior Centers across Southeast, volunteers serve meals, wash dishes, clean the center, and provide activities for seniors to make our centers a vibrant, joyful, healthy, welcoming place to meet!
• At Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, volunteers answer phones, deliver hospital beds, and minister as chaplains to those at the end of life and so much more!
Our March weather seems so much like Spring, so please consider joining us for fun outdoor fundraisers
Saturday, April 13 – Heart of Hospice 5K Race @ Twin Lakes
Whether you walk or run, please join us at 9 a.m. for this fun event! Our race is the same weekend as Alaska Folk Festival so if you are traveling to attend, consider starting your Saturday morning out right! All proceeds to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau.
P.S. Sponsors Needed!
Register to run or donate online @ www.ccsjuneau.org
Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day Hospice Whale Watch @ Harris Harbor
After last year’s Mother’s Day Success, join us for light refreshments and whale watching! Thanks to Allen Marine for making this a fundraiser where every penny goes straight to Hospice and Home Health of Juneau!
Tickets on Sale Soon!
Thank you so much for your continued support – your prayers for Catholic Community Service, our hardworking staff & volunteers, our funding partners, and most of all the Alaskans we serve, are deeply appreciated!
God Bless You,
As your local Catholic charity, Catholic Community Service’s mission is to live out the corporal works of mercy of the church. It’s been such an honor and privilege to continue good works with Christ’s love and your support.