Harvest of Blessings Grants Announced
Through the generosity of many individual contributions this past Thanksgiving season, the Archdiocese of Dubuque is happy to announce funding for 32 parish and Catholic school-based projects ranging from food bank programs to service trips and outreach programs for families in need. Harvest of Blessings has been a positive move towards building bridges between those in need and supportive communities, specifically local parishes. A total of $19,729 was raised through private donations and will be redistributed as matching grants of up to $500 per parish or Catholic school for projects that demonstrate the program’s main goals of supporting initiatives that address poverty reduction, create systemic change and encourage relationships among those in need and supportive communities.
Harvest of Blessings has been a program of the Archdiocese of Dubuque for many years and was historically known for holiday season financial support to individuals. In an effort to refocus the long-standing program toward the original goals of building ongoing relationships between individuals in need and their parish, and to reach a broader geographic area of the Archdiocese, the matching grant program was initiated in 2014. This approach allows parishes to make local decisions about how to support those in need in their parish and the broader communities they serve. By pooling Harvest of Blessings funds with the parishes’ own funds, more help may be provided in a more meaningful way.
To see the list of grant projects awarded, please visit our website 2017 Harvest of Blessing Awards are so grateful for the committed volunteers that help us create impact for those in need in all of our ministries. The number of people involved in our volunteer services program has increased by 47% in the past 2 years.Thank you to the over 200 volunteers that contributed over 10,000 hours to our agency last fiscal year.
Volunteer of the Month Joy Lippstock
Joy, picture with Bill Hickson (Jail & Prison Ministry program coordinator) has served as a volunteer for the Jail & Prison Ministry program with Catholic Charities for almost 4 years.
Joy states, “I’ll be 85 in October and it is so important to stay active. I enjoy being able to give support to people that have made mistakes in life. They all have so much potential and they need someone to give them a hand in working their way back up the ladder.”
Joy is a regular at drug court, being there to listen and support clients in the program each week. She has also participated in six different Circles of Support and Accountability groups, which meet regularly to support an ex-offender as they works towards re-entry into community life. Thank you, Joy, for your dedication to helping serve those in need.