Tom Dolan Honored at Plates to Ease Poverty
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada recently celebrated its 75th anniversary at the 9th annual Plates to Ease Poverty gala. The event was hosted in the Paradise Ballroom at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and attended by more than 500 people.
There were several special performances during the event. The children from Holy Child Early Learning Center sang “You Are My Sunshine” and presented Tom Dolan with a special plate that they made to thank him for his continued support of Catholic Charities. Several clients from the Crossroads program performed a powerful song that they wrote entitled “Reno’s Kryptonite”, which talks about their personal struggles with addiction and the ongoing problem of substance abuse in our community.
Peter Vogel, CEO of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, unveiled a heartwarming video to commemorate the 75th anniversary of CCNN. It included background on CCNN’s various poverty assistance programs and touching testimonials from several individuals that we’ve served.
The evening was capped off with the presentation of the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award. Bishop Randolph Calvo paid tribute to Tom Dolan for his support of Catholic Charities and many other charitable organizations in northern Nevada. Tom is one of the most generous individuals in our community and we were so glad that we were able to honor him in the presence of his family and friends.
The work that CCNN does is meant to inspire hope in the people we serve and those who volunteer with us, and we are so thankful that we were able to share this with everyone that attended Plates to Ease Poverty.
More than 300 backpacks delivered to students in need
Going back to school can be a stressful time for families that are living on a limited income or have financial hardships. The cost of a new backpack and the necessary classroom supplies can be overwhelming for some parents, especially if they’re struggling to make ends meet. As an organization that strives to ease the pain of poverty in our community, we want to make going back to school an enjoyable experience for the low-income families throughout Nevada.
During the month of July, we received donations from Our Lady of the Snows Women’s Auxiliary, Wells Fargo, and several generous individuals, which allowed us to acquire more than 300 new backpacks. With help from volunteers, we were able to fill these backpacks with various school supplies, including: pencils, pens, crayons and notebooks.
This month we will be distributing the backpacks to schools in Washoe County and in rural counties across Nevada through our One-Stop-Shop Community Outreach. We’ve also had several people request backpacks for their children through Resource Network. Our goal is to give any extra backpacks we have to their office.
There’s still time to donate if anyone would like to contribute a backpack or supplies. Contact Jordan Stiteler fore for more info at 322-7073 ext. 242 or email@example.com.
Volunteers Honored at Annual Luncheon
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the St. Vincent’s Programs would not be able to do all of the outreach it does in the community without the help of our amazing volunteers. In recent months, we’ve had more than 300 active volunteers donate their time at CCNN events and aid staff members in our various programs. We are so thankful that these people put their lives on hold, even just for a few hours, to give back to their community. CCNN holds an annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch to recognize all of the hard work that these amazing people do throughout the year.
At this year’s event, the following people were recognized as our Volunteers of the Year:
- Robin Orsua – St. Vincent’s Food Pantry
- Sue Ann Krueger – Resource Network
- Karen Mowery – Holy Child Early Learning Center
- Tammy Zane-Martin – St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop
- Anaseini Tankinrea – St. Vincent’s Super Thrift
- Alan Gubonich – Senior Services
- The Schaefer Family – St. Vincent’s Dining Room
- Michael McClean – Crossroads
We also want to thank all of the businesses and organizations that donated their services and/or raffle items for the event:
- Kelekia Toys and Gifts
- Stylish Scribe Invitations and Design
- Eye Candy Salon
- Dragonfly Bath and Body
- XPO Logistics
- Dreamers Coffee
- Sunlight Tree Care
- Senator Dean Heller and Staff
- St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop and Super Thrift
Operation: Easter Basket A Success
This marked the 4th year for Operation: Easter Basket, and once again, our generous community showed an overwhelming amount of support.
We were able to provide Easter baskets to approximately 350 children at this year’s event, and delivered an additional 450 baskets to families in need in communities all over northern Nevada.
The kids who attended the event enjoyed a pancake breakfast that was prepared by our wonderful staff and volunteers in the St. Vincent’s Dining Room. They were also able to play games and take pictures with the Easter bunny.
Thank you to all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated baskets and helped brighten the lives of the children in our community.