Venice, FL, October 12, 2022 – Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. (CCDOV), the charitable arm of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, received a significant contribution from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today at the Catholic Center in Venice. Sister Donna Markham, President, and CEO of CCUSA, traveled to Florida from Washington, DC, to present CCDOV with a donation of $500,000. The funds are to assist those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Generous people across the country donated to Catholic Charities USA to make the donation possible, said Sister Markham.
Sister Donna presented the check to Eddie Gloria, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc., and was joined by the Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, who led the ceremony with a prayer.
“Wow. We are honored and grateful to have such a significant donation from Catholic Charities USA,” said Gloria. “This will go a long way in helping us to achieve our mission of providing help, creating hope, and serving all, especially with so many now suffering from the effects of this terrible hurricane that hit us head-on here in southwest Florida.”
CCUSA and its disaster response teams have a long history of mobilizing quickly to meet the needs of those affected by catastrophic events in the U.S. and its territories. This work begins with direct relief to meet immediate needs, such as water, food, and shelter. It continues – sometimes for many years – with long-term relief efforts, including housing and home repairs, financial assistance, and crisis counseling, that help individuals and families rebuild their lives.
For more information about Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, to donate or volunteer, visit Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice online at www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.
To donate to necessary recovery efforts in the Diocese of Venice, such as the restoration and repair of churches and schools, visit www.dioceseofvenice.org/hurricaneian.
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Photo Caption: (left to right) Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, applauds as Eddie Gloria, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc., receives a check for $500,000 from Sister Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, USA, at the Catholic Center in Venice, Florida on Tuesday, October 12, 2022.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc., is a nonprofit founded in 1984 by the Diocese of Venice in Florida and serves as a resource to the community by developing and providing affordable housing and rapid rehousing, offering health and human services, providing food pantries, counseling, legal assistance, education, and disaster response, in 10 counties including Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide help, create hope, and serve all. For more information, visit https://catholiccharitiesdov.org
About the Diocese of Venice in Florida: The Diocese of Venice in Florida was established by St. John Paul II in 1984 and today includes 61 parishes, 15 schools and serves an estimated 250,000 Catholics in 10 counties. Bishop Frank J. Dewane is the second Bishop of the Diocese, following Bishop John J. Nevins. For more information on the Diocese of Venice in Florida, visit http://www.dioceseofvenice.org