Give the gift of hope. Those who need help the most often have the least to give.

At Catholic Charities, we don’t ask your religion or where you’re from. We don’t care how old you are. We offer help and support regardless of the ability to pay.

Your tax-deductible contribution is critical to our mission. We rely heavily on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations to serve families in need. Please donate today.

Dedicated to Serving All

We are a social service organization, not a religious organization. Our belief in the dignity of all people is rooted in our faith, but it’s not exclusive to Catholics. Or even Christians. Our goal is to serve the neediest among us – to feed the hungry, help the sick and welcome the stranger.

More than 80 percent of the people we help aren’t Catholic. Most of our staff is not. We’re not trying to convert anyone. We’re trying to help local people get back on their feet.

We provide:

  • Counseling for individuals and families in crisis
  • Help for abandoned children, refugees and women in need
  • Support for troubled youth in our communities
  • Shelter for homeless families and others in desperate circumstances

Five Ways to Give

  1. Corporate Giving

    By supporting our family-focused programs, you make Central Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.

    Catholic Charities helps thousands of local people, regardless of faith. Most of our services are offered at minimal or no cost to our clients. We rely heavily on corporate and individual gifts; very little of our funding comes from the Church.

    Our low administrative costs means your contribution goes directly to people in need. You can even choose the programs you want to support. Or sponsor one of our many special events throughout the year.


  2. Individual Giving

    Every gift matters. Your contribution makes a difference. And there are many ways to help besides money. You can donate items to our programs, volunteer your time, or support our community events.

    Your gift provides education, counseling, help with employment and housing… critical services our neighbors need to get back on their feet.

    Make your tax-deductible gift today. Help provide help and create hope for those who need it most.

    By mail: Please download and complete our mail-in Donation Form.

    By phone (Visa or MasterCard): Please call our Development Office at 717-657-4804 (ext. 284).

  3. Planned Giving

    Planned giving allows our donors to make larger contributions with less impact on their finances. Planned giving can also have federal and state tax advantages.

    Planned gifts might include:

    • A bequest to Catholic Charities or one of its programs
    • Making Catholic Charities the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy
    • Naming Catholic Charities as the beneficiary of an IRA or other retirement plan
    • Creating a named endowment fund


  4. In-Kind Contributions

    Catholic Charities graciously accepts in-kind donations of clothing, furniture and personal care items. Please refer to our wish list for specific program needs.

    In-kind donations can be delivered to the Diocese of Harrisburg (4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact the Development Office at 717-657-4804 (ext. 284) prior to delivery. All gifts are tax deductible.


    For more information, contact Christopher Meehan, Director of Development, at 717-657-4804 (ext. 284) or

  5. Vehicle Donations

    Your unwanted vehicle could make all the difference for a family in one of our programs. The condition of the vehicle isn’t important; if it’s too costly to repair, we’ll send it to an auction and use the money to support our programs.

    There is no cost to you or our clients when we transfer vehicles for their use. Donations to the program are tax deductible.


Where Does Our Funding Come From?

Donation Funding Sources

Where Does Your Contribution Go?

93% of every dollar goes directly to people in need. That’s far above the national average.

According to Charity Watch, “highly efficient” charities spend 25% of funding on administrative costs. We use only 7%. When you give to Catholic Charities, more of your money goes directly to programs that help our community.


Imagine your dream student - someone who is bright, inquisitive, kind to others, and comes to class eager to learn. Well, that is Koffi. He first came to my ESL class in May of 2014. He had only been in the United States for about 6 months at that time.

For many people, those first 6 months can be overwhelming and hectic, but Koffi’s spirit is indomitable. He came to class every night ready to learn and in a short time he found a job. Even after a long day of working hard, Koffi would come into class with a smile on his face. He greeted his fellow students with a smile and was ready to learn.

After being in the country for a little over a year, Koffi decided he would like to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). He took the initiative and researched his options before deciding on the program at HACC.
Koffi continued with his English studies right up to the time his CNA class started at HACC. I was sorry to see him leave, but so happy for him.

In June of this year Koffi graduated from the CNA Program at HACC. We are all so proud of Koffi. He has been such a positive influence on all of us, staff and students alike. It is impossible to look at Koffi’s smiling face and not want to smile right back, he is that full of kindness and hope. I am so glad he was my student and I feel certain that he will do even more amazing things in the future.

- ESL Instructor

Tiffany starts her story by openly stating that the first 39 years of her life were a waste. She spent all of her time drinking, which was her way of coping with the many let downs in her life.

Fearing for her life, a friend convinced Tiffany to check herself into a 30-day detox program. Upon completion she entered the Evergreen House program. While this was not her first choice, Tiffany ended up residing at Evergreen House for seven and one-half months.

Tiffany credits Evergreen’s staff and their patience with her eventual success in the program. Evergreen’s staff understood what she was going through and eventually became like her family. The Evergreen House program provided the structure and support she needed to maintain her sobriety.

Tiffany credits Evergreen House for a second chance at life and she is determined to have a positive impact on others.

- anonymous

A 19 year old woman left an abusive relationship with the infant’s birth father and was interested in making an adoption plan for her 9 week old baby. She was unemployed, close to being homeless, did not have a car or driver’s license and she felt that her daughter deserved two parents who were ready and equipped financially and emotionally for parenthood. Emma’s birth mother was placing Emma’s needs before her own feelings. But she had bonded with Emma and knew it would be extremely difficult.

Emma’s birth father was informed of the adoption plan and initially opposed it. But he realized that adoption was the best plan for their infant. Catholic Charities worked with the birth parents to choose the adoptive family.

Catholic Charities was able to provide grief counseling to Emma’s birth mother upon finalization of the adoption. As part of the openness agreement, the birth parents receive pictures and letters four times a year.

- Anonymous

A single father and his two pre-teen daughters resided at the Interfaith Shelter after separating from his wife and gaining custody of his daughters. Unfortunately, he lost his job and could not afford his housing expenses.
The family relocated to the Steelton-Highspire to be closer to extended relatives, in the hopes of obtaining employment. Due to a lease violation, they were only allowed to stay for a limited time frame.
With no other options they sought shelter at Interfaith. This father worked diligently to seek employment and accepted a position at a local gas station making minimum wage so that they could save for housing. The family was accepted in the Brethren Housing Association’s Fast Track Program, which provides temporary rental assistance and housing to homeless families who demonstrate self-sufficiency and stable income.
After leaving the shelter, he found permanent employment at a casino in the Pocono’s.

- Anonymous
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