Inspired giving responds to needs created by pandemic

ORLANDO | The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida raised more than $40,000 as part of this month’s GivingTuesdayNOW philanthropic movement, which the foundation rebranded as GivingCatholicNOW. Thanks to the Central Florida community’s response to the needs created by the coronavirus outbreak, funds support 88 parishes, schools and ministries that are serving in new ways since the arrival of the pandemic.

As Catholic parishes and retreat centers minister to families and individuals challenged with isolation and job insecurity, donations serve to bolster ministry efforts. Donor support has allowed ministries such as Catholic Charities to meet the increased need for food supplies, housing assistance and behavioral health services. The recently launched Central Florida Catholic Mercy fund directly aims to fund Catholic Charities’ work in this area.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of generosity responding to the needs created by Covid-19. This response shows charity is alive and well even in these unprecedented times,” said Kimberlee Riley, president of the foundation. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude from our community’s response to this crisis and the opportunity to come together to serve others.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic May 20, 2020