Several area entities will benefit from Give Catholic donations

From staff reports

Several parishes, schools and agencies in the area are participating in the Nov. 28 campaign for Catholic giving as part of Giving Tuesday.

The #iGiveCatholic campaign is a 24-hour online event on Giving Tuesday that is designed to unite Catholics to come together and raise as many charitable dollars as possible for Catholic parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries.

Locally, Saint Elizabeth Center, Catholic Rural Ministry of the Oil City Deanery, St. Stephen School, Venango Catholic High School, St. Joseph Parish, St. Mary Parish and St. Titus parish will be among the participants.

The effort is being is facilitated by the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania for Catholic organizations in the Erie Diocese.

Donors can visit on Nov. 28 or anytime during the advanced giving window that is now up and running through Nov. 27.

Those wishing to donate by check can submit their gift to the ministry of their choice during the same timeframe.

Participating ministries are eligible to win cash prizes by attaining predetermined goals on the day of the event and during the advanced giving period.

A total of $26,000 will be awarded from a cash prize pool thanks to event sponsors and an anonymous donor dedicated to supporting the Catholic community.

Last year 1,947 donors gave $400,067 in support of Catholic organizations throughout northwest Pennsylvania.

Questions regarding #iGiveCatholic can be directed to Elizabeth Rathburn, development associate for the Catholic Foundation, at (814) 824-1257.