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An outpouring of gratitude

By Tori Baker

As I celebrate my one-year anniversary of working at Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, I am filled with gratitude for the remarkable experiences and the profound impact this role has had on my life.

Fundraising for a nonprofit organization can have its challenges, but the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need is a powerful motivator.

From the moment I joined Catholic Charities, I was inspired by the agency’s unwavering commitment to serve the most vulnerable members of our community.

It was evident that every program was designed not only to help individuals and families in their time of need, but to help them overcome their challenges and build a brighter future.

Each staff member and volunteer I have encountered is truly committed to our mission of serving our neighbors in need with respect and dignity.

Neighbors who come to our Jefferson City offices for immigration services, health and nutrition education, or to visit the pantry are greeted with a friendly smile, an offer of hope, and the dignity that all humans deserve.

And not only are we committed to those we serve, but we are dedicated to and supportive of one another.

I feel blessed to have colleagues who have been there for me through challenging moments in my life and I am proud to offer my support to them in their time of need as well.

In my role, I have the privilege of connecting with donors and volunteers who are dedicated to our organization’s purpose and various charitable campaigns.

It is truly remarkable to witness the generosity of individuals who wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Catholic Charities.

Their unwavering support and enthusiasm fuel our efforts and remind us of the transformative power of collective action.

Building these meaningful relationships is a testament to the shared commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

This fall, I’m excited for the opportunity to encounter more of our supporters across the diocese through parish engagement and fundraising events.

Catholic Charities will be hosting Parish Engagement and Charity Events (affectionately called PEACE events by our staff) this September.

These gatherings will be an opportunity to meet with parishioners throughout each deanery and provide formation on Catholic social teaching, provide an overview of the Charity and Mercy Grants that are available to our parishes, and have an open discussion about how Catholic Charities can work with parishes to meet needs across our diocese.

On October 12th, Catholic Charities will be joining the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri for our first ever Mac N’ Cheese Bowl fundraiser!

We are so grateful for our partnership with the Food Bank, who provide us with most of the food for our Client-Choice Food Pantry.

Together, we will be hosting a cook-off style competition where participants will compete for the best mac ’n cheese with local “celebrity” judges in attendance casting their votes, and a People’s Choice award for all attendees to vote on.

This will be an event for the whole family with live music, local celebrity judges, refreshing drinks, and all the mac n’ cheese you can eat!

You can find more information online and on social media soon. We hope to see you there!

My journey as a fundraiser for Catholic Charities has been an extraordinary one, filled with compassion, hope, and transformative experiences.

Through the unwavering dedication of the organization and the support of generous donors, we are able to bring about positive change in the lives of countless individuals and communities.

Serving as Director of Development has not only allowed me to make a meaningful impact but has enriched my own life in ways I never anticipated.

As I continue to champion the cause of Catholic Charities, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of something truly remarkable — and I cannot wait to encounter YOU at one of our fall events!

If you feel called to give, you can visit cccnmo.diojeff city.org/give or scan the QR code below to join our mission of serving those in most need with compassionate support services today.