Catholic Charities was pleased to receive a compliment of grants and gifts that enabled the purchase of a 14' box truck at the end of 2014. The truck is a welcome addition to the agency, which previously had to borrow or rent trucks to transport donated food and materials.
The Walmart Foundation granted Catholic Charities $25,000 to complete the proposed truck purchase, and purchase infant formula. I
nfant formula is in constant need at St.
Mary's, and the infant demographic is often forgotten when working to reduce hunger in the community. Part of the focus of the Walmart Foundation is collaborating with nonprofit organizations around the world, to ensure more people have access to the foods they want and need.
Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant
A $10,000 grant from Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant was the first phase for the agency in securing funding to purchase the truck. Part of the Prairie Meadows grant program focuses on non-profit agencies like Catholic Charities that provide services for low-income, at-risk, or underserved clients.
Dowling Catholic High School People to People International Chapter
A very generous and unexpected gift was given to Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program in April 2014. The gift came from a Lenten almsgiving collection taken up by Dowling Catholic High School's chapter of People to People International. The students raised $7,774 through student and family donations. It was appropriate for this money to be included in the purchase of the truck that will move furniture for refugee apartment set-ups.
The truck was delivered just in time for the December 2014 Spirit of St. Nicholas collections. Catholic Charities is appreciative of organizations like the Walmart Foundation and Prairie Meadows that provide grant funding to improve and expand our services in the community, as well as the critical donations like that from the Dowling students. We continue to be blessed with great partners and supporters.