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July 16, 2020 Giving Guide 2020

Catholic Charities Worcester County

Responding to the Crisis:

Catholic Charities has continued providing its critical services throughout the pandemic. The numbers of families served during the COVID-19 pandemic have tripled. The need for assistance with food, utilities, and rental assistance has greatly increased as many people are no longer able to work and struggling to make ends meet. In our pantry, we are now serving 40-60 families a day, some days reaching 87 families. Assistance is needed with diapers and personal care items as we are unable to meet the increase in demand.

Future Goals

Successfully implement staff and other resources to assist with the increased community needs as a result of this unprecedented pandemic; 

Expand the services we provide in our four regional emergency service offices, particularly the Southbridge and Milford offices;

Begin the much-needed renovation of the Mercy Centre, a program that serves adults with sensory impairments and/or physical limitations; 

Expand upon our countywide and beyond very successful home care program;

Strengthen our Parent Aide Program and expand the number of at-risk families we work with in this area of concern;

Continue to pursue grants and other funding sources to increase our ability to work with those in need.

Fundraising & Giving Opportunities

Annual appeals for the Bishop’s Holiday Dinners (Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Host a drive: School supplies, Diapers, Clothing, Hygiene Items, Non-Perishable Food Items

Donate your vehicle: Donation Angel is a year round vehicle donation program that accepts vehicles such as cars, boats, motorcycles, RV’s, snowmobiles, and more. Go to for more information.

Online donations: Many of our services rely on generous donations. For example, our emergency stabilization and homeless prevention services provided at our four regional offices offer food, clothing, diapers, as well as other services. Through our secure donation page you can donate to a specific program and in honor or memory of someone you love. 

Amazon Smile: Help us when you shop on Amazon. Go to and enter Catholic Charities Diocese of Worcester Inc. We will receive 0.5% of your eligible purchase as a donation.

Volunteer Opportunities

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• Monthly food bank runs in Leominster/Worcester (8-10 volunteers needed per month)

• Résumé writing assistance

• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Citizenship class instructor

• Bishop’s Holiday Dinners: Dining room set up/breakdown (10 people needed)

• Homeless Family Shelter: Family Style Dinner Preparations 

• Thanksgiving and Christmas Day home meal delivery: Extra help needed for Christmas Day

• Food pantry workers and weekly food donation pick-up

• Internship opportunities