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August 2014 - Providing Tools to Succeed for Students in Need
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,
 
For families that struggle to provide basic needs to their children, backpacks, binders, and notebooks are luxuries they simply cannot afford. 
 
That's why Catholic Charities of Central Florida needs your help providing backpacks and new school supplies to the children we serve through our Emergency Family Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Brevard Interfaith Coalition programs.
 
We believe education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We are so thankful for your support. To participate in our Back to School Drive, please call 407-246-4823 or email cyoung@orlandodiocese.org.
 
Together, we can provide hope for a brighter future to students in need. 

Gratefully,
 
Joseph Buranosky
Executive Director

Organize a School Supply Drive or Make a Donation!

Download our Back to School Drive Toolkit to learn more,
including where your can find a Catholic Charities drop-off location near you. 

To download the toolkit, click here

 
Thank you to those 
who have already made a donation, including

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
who decorated and set up donation boxes for our Back to School Drive!
 

Our friends at the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a Fund of the McCormick Foundation, donated $30,000 to our Emergency Family Services Program! Their donation will help provide rent, utility and food assistance to those in need. 

To learn more about the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, click here

Our friends at Walmart invited us to their Neighborhood Market grand opening to present us with a check for $2,000! Their donation will help fund healthy cooking and smart shopping classes from Semoran Food Pantry and supply medical materials and lab tests at our Medical Clinics.

To learn more about Walmart's Community Giving Program, click here

“We just need one more stack of banana pancakes and then we’ll be ready to serve,” Harry Arthur said to his wife, Julie, as he flipped the last batch of pancakes. 

A line was beginning to form outside the cafeteria on June 8 for what has become a monthly tradition at Pathways to Care, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida.
 
On the first Sunday of each month, the Arthurs spend their morning making scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns and pancakes to serve the residents of the assisted living facility. 

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Each year, Pathways to Care helps 200 homeless men and women on the road to recovery and self sufficiency because of the generosity of people like you. 
 
Join us on Saturday, October 25 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m at
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs 
for a silent and live auction dinner to benefit this important program.

For more info, please contact Dawn Zinger, Director of Pathways to Care at 
Dawn.Zinger@pathwaystocareinc.org. 

Plan ahead for Hunger Action Month!

Consider holding a food drive or making a donation to a Catholic Charities Food Pantry near you. 
Our most needed items are:
  • Canned Food Items (vegetables, fruit, meat, pasta, soup)
  • Ethnic Foods (rice, beans, etc.)
  • Dry Cereal
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Peanut butter
To learn more about Hunger Action Month, click here
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