"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

In our country's current economic situation, most Americans are just a few paychecks away from needing some type of assistance.

Think about that for a moment. Could one major unexpected expense cause your neighbor, your friend, your colleague, or even your own household financial ruin?

Thankfully, organizations like ours exist to help individuals and families in their greatest time of need.

With the Most Reverend Bishop Mark Bartchak in attendance, families, friends, colleagues, and community members gathered at The Altoona Grand Hotel on May 31 to honor nine outstanding individuals. Six elementary and high school students were presented with the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award, given for demonstrating exceptional service to their communities; while three adults received the Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award for their significant commitment to serving the most vulnerable within our diocesan community.

As we kick off a new giving year, we are grateful to our donors for your generosity and your support for our staff and for the individuals and families we serve. Your contributions directly impact our mission to help all people in need, and allow us to fulfill the Gospel teachings that call us to love and care for our neighbors as ourselves.

Be among the first to make an impact for individuals and families in your community in our new fiscal year. Click here to make your donation.

That may sound like an oxymoron. But when you think about it, it makes sense.

The working poor live paycheck to paycheck. They often have little to nothing in savings. Their checking account runs critically low each month. If someone overdraws that account by $10, the bank charges an overdraft fee--one that the individual will likely struggle to pay, in addition to needing to replenish the $10.

Friday, May 19 is the RSVP deadline for our Annual Recognition Dinner, which will be held Wednesday, May 31 to honor outstanding individuals in our community with the 2017 Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the 2017 Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award.

The event, held at The Altoona Grand Hotel Ballroom, will feature a chef-inspired menu, basket raffle, and gift card extravaganza. Click here for full details and to get your tickets.

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