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10 Ways to Support Catholic Charities

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Catholic Charities of Arkansas relies on income from a number of sources to run its programs. No one single source of income amounts to more than 10 percent of total operating costs. Consequently, there are many ways to help. The following lists 10 ways to support the work of Catholic Charities. These are not listed in order of importance.


1. Blue Envelope Campaign

Each summer Arkansas Catholic subscribers find this “Blue Envelope” inserted in a June issue. Donors simply need to follow the instructions on the envelope to provide a direct donation. Subscribe to Arkansas Catholic to receive this envelope each year.


2. Bishop McDonald-Catholic Charities Golf Classic

The Bishop McDonald-Catholic Charities Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser for the ministries of Catholic Charities. Golf lovers are welcome to play in this annual tournament held at Maumelle Country Club each September. Various sponsorships are also available for individuals and businesses. To register your team to play or sponsor the tournament, visit the golf page.


3. Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a special collection that is taken up in parishes nationwide each November. A portion of the money taken up in Arkansas is used by the Social Action Office to support the CCHD local grant program. Pregnancy resource centers, food pantries, prison ministries and homeless outreach programs are just some of the programs that benefit from local grants. To find out when to give to this collection in your parish, visit our Special Collection Calendar.


4. St. Nicholas Partners Appeal

The St. Nicholas Partners Appeal is an annual Advent campaign that allows donors to give to specific programs operated by Catholic Charities of Arkansas. Donors may also contribute on behalf of others as a Christmas gift. Each year, a special St. Nicholas Christmas card is created for the appeal. Past donors receive the card directly from Catholic Charities allowing them to donate again. The card is also inserted into an Advent issue of Arkansas Catholic allowing subscribers to contribute. Others may also receive a card or donate via credit card upon request. To learn more, visit the St. Nicholas page.


5. Catholic Adoption Services Christmas Card

Each year, Catholic Adoption Services mails a specially designed Christmas card to past donors to support the work of this ministry. To be put on this mailing list or mail a donation any time of year, please contact Catholic Adoption Services.


6. Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal

Give to the Diocese of Little Rock Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal, an annual campaign, which begins each February that supports various diocesan ministries, including Catholic Charities. Donate via check or credit card. Payments may be made throughout the year. Donate online or learn more by visiting the CASA page.


7. CRS Rice Bowl

The CRS Rice Bowl program has become a traditional part of Lenten giving. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds go to Catholic Relief Services to fund international relief. The remaining 25 percent stays in the Diocese of Little Rock to support the Parish Social Ministry’s Family Assistance Program, which helps families in financial need. To participate in this program, pick up a rice bowl in your parish before Lent begins. To learn more, visit CRS Rice Bowl.


8. Arkansas Gives Campaign

Each year, for 12 hours on one day in April, individuals may donate to the participating Arkansas charity of their choice through the Arkansas Gives Campaign website. Catholic Charities of Arkansas participates in this event. To learn more about this program, including how to designate your donation to Catholic Charities, visit the Arkansas Gives Campaign page.


9. Vehicle Donation Program

Through the Catholic Charities of Arkansas Vehicle Donation Program individuals may donate used cars, trucks, boats and planes by calling (844) 534-4483 toll-free to arrange for free pick-up. The donor of the vehicle receives a tax deduction. Donations may also be made through the Vehicle Donation website.


10. Lower Application Fees for Immigrants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced application fee increases up to 37 percent for immigrants seeking benefits in 2016. Catholic Charities Immigration Services is the only nonprofit agency in the state recognized by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals and one of the few charities that can assist low-income immigrants. Anyone can donate to Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Little Rock and/or Springdale to help lower the fees for clients. To learn more, visit Arkansas Catholic or contact Patrick Gallaher at (501) 664-0340. To make a donation by check, address your donation to: 

Attn: Patrick Gallaher
Catholic Charities Immigration Services — Little Rock
P.O. Box 7565 
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565

and/or

Attn: Patrick Gallaher
Catholic Charities Immigration Services — Springdale
P.O. Box 7565 
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565