Catholic Charities West Virginia Kicks Off Annual Appeal

WEST VIRGINIA—As Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) lives out its mission it creates opportunities for all people of good will to be with them in charity.

Mark Sliter-Hays, executive director, said, “We at Catholic Charities West Virginia invite you to Be With Us in Charity and Change a World for one person at a time. For in that change we plant a seed of hope that grows in our and our children’s hearts. We are faith-filled that our efforts will bear fruit. With patience we see a transformation in our communities and the world. We experience God’s never-ending love for us and our brothers and sisters.”

CCWVa’s annual Change a World appeal supports the vital programs and services provided by the agency statewide. “As many of us know there are critical needs in our local communities, in isolated and highly impoverished communities and as a result of unexpected disasters. We have designed the appeal to support both our need for distributable funds and donor designated funds,” said Patti Phillips, director of Development and Marketing for CCWVa.

The appeal collects both the distributable funds that are necessary to support statewide offices based on the local need and donor designated funds that advance the local support within the region.  Distributable donations received at the Catholic Charities Center (2000 Main Street) in Wheeling are allocated by budget designations where there is most need throughout the state. Donor designated funds are identified three ways: at the main office with a memo or notation of the donor’s interest, at the local office or in the second collection at diocesan parishes at Christmas Mass. “The goal for distributable donations is $143,000 and for local funds is $138,000 for a total of $281,000 which is an 8 percent increase over 2012’s appeal,” Phillips said.

CCWVa puts forth every effort possible to alleviate and reduce poverty and its tragic effects on families in the state’s communities, Sliter-Hays said. This past year it launched a Mobile Outreach program and built a home for a family in need in the Parkersburg Region. Case management services have expanded to more outreach offices and clients are achieving goals and finding the hope and confidence necessary to change their worlds. “We have fed and sheltered your neighbors; we have assisted refugees and children with their growth; we have aided the elderly and those affected by disaster,” Sliter-Hays said.

In the coming year, CCWVa will open a Family Resource Center (a one-stop assistance center) in Martinsburg, launch a middle-school mentoring program in McDowell County, homeless families will find a safe place to start anew together in Wheeling, another home will be built in Charleston and countless individuals and families will receive immediate care in their struggle towards self-sufficiency or recovery from tragedy.

“Catholic Charities West Virginia is extremely humbled by the generosity of others who donate to our annual appeal,” Sliter-Hays added. “Your contributions allow Catholic Charities to be the service arm of the church throughout the state. With your gift we are able to provide opportunities and resources to help break the cycle of poverty. Thank you for your care, concern and compassion.”

Appeal brochures will be mailed before Thanksgiving and will be available in parishes. Donations may also be made online at or by calling 1-888-900-2989.