SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Diocese of Springfield announced they launched the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) and are hoping to collect $3 million to continue supporting local non-profit organizations and diocesan services.
This year’s theme is “Sowing the Seeds” and most of the funding collected will go towards Catholic education for students in the 14 elementary and secondary schools in the diocese.
“This year, we are hoping that people dig a little bit deeper because the needs have been even greater. I really pray and hope that the people take this opportunity, especially in this season, to really step forward,” said Springfield Bishop William Byrne.
Among the local non-profit organizations supported by the ACA are the Homework House, the Womanshelter/Companeras, and the Bethlehem House in Easthampton.
“Your participation helps people who never before needed to use a food pantry, but because of the pandemic, they are in line for food now,” said Kathleen Harrington, Annual Catholic Appeal manager.
In 2020, ACA donations totaled $2,560,353.36, more than 2019’s donations and so far this year, nearly $480,000 has been raised.
Those interested in donating can donate on their website.