Diocese Assists With Hurricane, Wildfire Relief
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
September 24, 2020
DIOCESE—Prompted by Hurricane Laura and the West Coast wildfires Bishop David Malloy, on behalf of the Diocese of Rockford, sent an emergency contribution for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from these  natural disasters in the United States. 
The contribution is taken from the funds collected each year by diocesan parishes as part of the Worldwide U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, which is part of the annual International Appeal. 
Contributions to this fund allow Bishop Malloy to respond immediately to needs caused in the U.S. and around the world by natural disasters or humanitarian crisis. The diocese can draw from this fund without waiting for a diocesan-wide second collection.
The $12,500 contribution from the Diocese of Rockford will be part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be distributed to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. 
They and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. Funds are also used for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.
Funds will be directed to the areas of the U.S. where they are most needed at this time.
If you would like to make an individual contribution for emergency hurricane and wildfire relief send your check to:  
Catholic Charities USA
Wildfire Relief Fund
2050 Ballenger Ave. Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
To donate online visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ 
To donate to Catholic Charities USA by phone, call  800-919-9338
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