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Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.

Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to “continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive.”

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $211,000 grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, to support its In-School Social Work (ISSW) program serving students, families and faculty at several Catholic grade schools. This year marks a decade that Fidelis Care has supported the program.

The grant reflects part of the funds made available through the 2013 Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund, which are distributed in the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses across New York State, including The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, to nonprofit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new books by Western New York authors, “Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre” by Dr. Michael S. Albert and “The Boundless Open Sea: Essays at the Intersection of Zen and Critical Theory” by Dr. Bradley Kaye.

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the country, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Daemen College’s annual commencement ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Catsimatidis oversees holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets with investments in both medical and industrial technology. His companies post annual sales of approximately $5 billion. With more than 8,000 employees, he is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.

Blake Realty Group Committed to Honesty, Hard Work and Community

Blake Realty Group Committed to Honesty, Hard Work and Community

 

Licensed Real Estate Agent Paul Blake, a resident of South Buffalo, has opened Blake Realty Group LLC, an independent real estate brokerage firm serving Western New York and focusing on the South Buffalo community.

A real estate agent for nine years, Blake began his professional career as an investor. “I’ve owned and managed multiple rental properties in South Buffalo for 15 years,” said Blake, who earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. “I understand the rental/investment market and have a vested interest in seeing the neighborhood, where I live with my family, continue to thrive. I have a passion for real estate and South Buffalo, and I am also very knowledgeable of the Southtowns having grown up in Orchard Park.”