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Catholic Charities Celebrates Volunteer Month...

...and Catholic Charities has 2,150 reasons to be grateful. That's how many volunteers from throughout the diocese bring their time, expertise, talent, and love to our ministries. Also, read our Volunteer Spotlights!

Our Stories

Click through the images below to read more about the lives impacted by Catholic Charities. 


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Catholic Charities Celebrates Women's History Month

Catholic Charities observed National Women’s History Month by learning about the courageous women we served in the last year. Also, read about the volunteers contributing their time to the St. Lucy Food Project.
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Catholic Charities Ball Raises Funds and Awareness

On February 2, Catholic Charities held its 42nd annual Ball. More than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the great works of Catholic Charities, and raise over $1.6 million to support those in need.
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Bishop blesses new, larger food pantry

Bishop Michael Burbidge blessed Catholic Charities’ new food pantry on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. Every week Catholic Charities provides food to a growing number of individuals and families.
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Catholic Charities and parishes feed neighbors

Bishop Burbidge gathered with those lined up in front of Christ House in Alexandria for a Scripture reading, short reflection, and prayer on Thanksgiving. Plus, learn how Catholic Charities’ St. Lucy Project and parishes provide food to our neighbors in need.
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Focusing on children with special needs

In November, Catholic Charities is highlighting the need for special adoptions, as there is an increased need for families open to adopting children in medically complex situations. Creating a pathway for families to say “yes” in this way is an authentically pro-life response.
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Seniors Welcome a Shepherd to the Center

On October 4, Bishop Burbidge visited St. Martin de Porres Senior Center in Alexandria. He swapped stories, played games, toured the garden and encouraged participants. St. Martin de Porres participants are diverse: men and women of ages ranging from 60s to 80s.
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Beacon of Hope: Christ House marks 50 years

Through the Men’s Transitional Housing Program at Catholic Charities Christ House, Ronald Redman, 62, learned the importance of structure and daily routines. “I didn’t know I had this much life in me. I never knew I could be doing the things I’m doing,” Redman says.
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Helping a New Mom in Need

Carmen, a single mom who had her first baby in March, fell behind on her rent following her unpaid maternity leave. “Our clients do a lot of financial juggling just to get by. When an unexpected expense comes up, they just can’t make it without help,” said Sherri Longhill, EA program director.
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Loving and Celebrating Our Clients

Although Northern Virginia is among the wealthiest regions of the country, thousands of poor and vulnerable people struggle to survive in our communities. Recently, at two ministries, we celebrated clients, offering them “a little something special.”
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School's Out for the Summer, but for Many Kids Hunger Remains

Throughout our diocese, 203,040 people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Sister "Annie" Aniliza P. Juan, SNDS, volunteer coordinator at Catholic Charities Christ House food pantry, is seeking volunteers to help provide meal packs to children in need of food. 
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Catholic Charities Loves, Serves Mothers Every Day

Caitlin and Jason: “We were blown away by Catholic Charities' ethical adoption model, and the support they offer adoptive families, birth mothers and babies. "
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April is National Volunteer Month

Five years ago, Kat Renfroe saw in her parish bulletin an opportunity to volunteer with Catholic Charities by tutoring Afghan refugees. Her decision, she said, “literally changed my life.”