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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.

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  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

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  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.

    SEE OUR WISH LIST >

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

  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.

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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.

Testimonials

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

Catholic Charities Adoption Program not only provides domestic infant adoption and Special Needs adoption services, but it also helps adoptees and their birth families to connect with one other through Search services. Nearly 50 years ago, Tina was an accomplished athlete who found herself pregnant while pursuing an advanced degree. With housing and supportive services from Catholic Charities, Tina made the difficult decision to place her daughter for adoption. Following the adoption, Tina pursued her career as an athlete, coach, and business administrator. While she was confident that she had made the right decision, Tina constantly thought about the daughter she had placed for adoption and wondered about her well-being. She eventually made attempts to find her daughter through various sources and by updating her online information in the event that her only child might someday want to meet her. After several years, Tina had come to the conclusion that meeting her daughter was just not meant to be.
This past year, Tina’s daughter, Beth, contacted Catholic Charities with a request for information about her birth parents. After talking with Beth and encouraging her to pursue the search, Catholic Charities was able to connect Beth with her birth mother. The two later traveled to meet each other, and Tina was given the opportunity to meet Beth’s husband and daughters. Tina was thrilled to learn that she was a grandmother, but she was most happy to hear that her daughter had loving adoptive parents who had given her a good life. Tina later wrote to Catholic Charities that “I think someone did a lot of praying and the prayers were answered.”

- Anonymous

A native of Puerto Rico, Maria* moved to Harrisburg with the dream of building a bright future for herself and her baby. While working to gain her bearing, Maria was kicked out of the house in which she had been staying, rendering Maria and her son homeless. Maria had very few options, as she had not yet secured a job, childcare, or private housing. In March 2017, Maria and her two year old son were welcomed into the Interfaith Shelter.
Upon entering the Interfaith Shelter, Maria immediately began building the skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency. The first challenge to overcome was Maria’s limited English proficiency. Determined to improve her English, Maria enrolled in ESL classes at the Tri-County Adult Learning Center, and she began practicing her growing language skills with residents and staff at the shelter. Maria also enrolled in a workforce development program offered through the PA Department of Human Services, working to develop marketable skills and gain permanent employment. Although many of the area’s transitional housing programs were completely full and had long wait lists, Maria eagerly applied to the YWCA Transitional Housing program. She knew that, with determination and hard work, she could build a better life for her family.
As she was nearing the end of her stay with the Interfaith Shelter, Maria was accepted into the YWCA Transitional Housing program and was assured that a room would soon be available. In order to keep Maria on the path towards success, the Interfaith Shelter granted Maria an extension until she was able to move into the YWCA. During her stay at Interfaith, Maria successfully obtained childcare, enrolled in a cash assistance program, improved her English proficiency, and began developing employment skills leading to a new job. Maria has served as an inspiration to others at the shelter that any barrier can be overcome.

- Anonymous
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