Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie County

Catholic Charities of
Delaware, Otsego, and
Schoharie Counties

News and Events

   
There will be a Sock Hop and Silent Auction at First United Methodist Church (66 Chestnut St., Oneonta) on Saturday, 11/11. Dancing! Contests! Silent Auction! Profits will be shared between the church's Jamaica Mission Team trip in 2018 and the Caring Connections Program at Catholic Charities!

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Our Cobleskill staff
dressed in purple to support
New York State Office
for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Wear Purple Day/ Shine the Light campaign.

   

On October 17 The Schoharie County Domestic Violence Task Force held its Shine The Light event for domestic violence awareness. The candlelight vigil was held at St. Vincent De Paul Church in Cobleskill. The event featured survivor speeches from book author and counselor Margaret Marie, and Pat, a local survivor. District attorney Jim Sackett shared his 30 year experience of working with domestic violence in the court system. Vocalist Sara Porter sang "Rise Up" by Andra Day. Poetry was read by Cud Collischon. Th CRCS String ensemble played "For The Goif on their instruments. Local Boy Scout Troop 5 returned to assist with refreshments ans set up for the third year in a row.

   

Thank you to
The Mary Kay Foundation
for our $20,000.00 grant!

These funds will help us continue to maintain critical services and programs for domestic violence survivors in Schoharie County.
Press Release: http://bit.ly/2xCyVte

   
The Delaware County mentoring program recently traveled to Animal Adventure Park. Mentors, Mentees, and Program staff explored the park, hand fed the animals, and visited with the infamous April the Giraffe. Some of our favorite animal exhibits were the wolves, alligators, and baby goats. Our mentoring group events provide our program enrollees the opportunity to socialize with other participants, make new friends, and explore new activities. We’re grateful to have had this opportunity, and we’re looking forward to more group events in the future!
   

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
was honored with the Partner Agency Campaign Award at the
United Way of the Greater Capital Regionbreakfast on 10/5.

The United Way of the Greater Capital Region provides support to our agency’s Food Pantry and Domestic Violence Program in Schoharie County.

   
Members of the community (Joyce Mason, coordinator of The Lord’s Table Meal Program at St. James Church, Oneonta, Tracy Martindale, Supervisor of the Caring Connections Program at Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties, Ellen Alex, volunteer at Catholic Charities and the Food Pantry at St. Mary's Church Oneonta, NY, Ron Rovetto, NOEP Coordinator at Catholic Charities, Cindy Korb, Sam Allen, and Rev. Ken Hunter of St. James Church, Oneonta, met with Congressman John Faso(19th district of NY) at the Lord’s Table Meal Program on Sept 22 in Oneonta. All in attendance spoke to the Congressman regarding the increase in the number of food insecure families in Otsego County in recent years through actual numbers in food pantry attendance, meal program attendance, and increased numbers in SNAP application assistance and SNAP recertification enrollment. Congressman Faso was urged to continue the present budget to help the food insecurity for needy families in Otsego County.
   

The Central New York Farm Progress Show was held on September 13 and 14 at Len Lo Farms in Mohawk New York. For several years now the Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center, along with the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program, has joined with NY FarmNet to promote alternative collaborative solutions to conflicts that farmers encounter. Land disputes, property division after a death or divorce, bankruptcy, neighbor/neighbor conflicts--all can be addressed by either counseling or mediation. The Farm Progress Show was an excellent opportunity for the over 5,000 attendees to learn about these and other services.

From left to right: Don New, Joe Walsh, Leonard Freeborne, and Ron Parks (all from FarmNet), Tom Pullyblank (CCDOS Dispute Resolution Center), Christine Tauzel (New York State Agricultural Mediation Program),

   

Domestic Violence Program
Wish List

Below is a link to our wish list of items needed to run and maintain our service to domestic violence victims. Purchasing an item is a great way of knowing exactly how your contribution is being used, since any item you purchase will be automatically sent directly to us. Shipping is free on any order exceeding $50. As always we greatly appreciate your willingness to help victims create a better future for themselves through Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

CCDOS wish list through DomesticShelters.org

   

Delaware County
Mentoring Program

Our Mentoring Program hosted its first group event on August 3rd. Mentors and Mentees met with Program staff for an evening of games, activities, and pizza. We started our evening by making tie-dye t-shirts, and had some of our kiddos with tie-dye experience show us the ropes. After, the group played kickball, soccer, and other games. We’re thankful to have had great weather and enthusiastic volunteers at our first event. Thanks to all who helped make this a memorable evening for our Mentees!
   

Back to School Program

Catholic Charities gave out approximately 100 backpacks full of school supplies to children attending the Sidney School District through our "Back to School" campaign. This program allows children from low-income families to be prepared when school starts. Catholic Charities would like to thank our donors and sponsors for this project including: Fidelis Care, Salvation Army/Youth Bureau, Village of Sidney Police Department, Sidney Dollar General, Sidney United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart Church, Sidney NY , Trackside Dining, Great American,  Sidney Federal Credit UnionACCO BrandsVEP (Video Entertainment Plus), Rainbow's End - A Fun And Unique Resale & Gift ShopUnadilla Center United Methodist Church and the United Way of Sidney.
   

Summer Food Service Program

We closed out our fourth year of the Summer Food Service Program in Neahwa Park in Oneonta, and we would like to thank all those who have helped us make it a great program! We have continued our partnership with the Oneonta First United Presbyterian Church, The "Red Door" Church to offer the Program for the fourth year. Their volunteers prepared and served approximately 1,800 meals this summer. Once again our agency received funding from the United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties to offer meals to the adults accompanying children to the free lunch program. This allowed the adults and children to be able to eat lunch together as a family. This year we provided 12 children who attended summer school with a free lunch during each day of summer school with a grant from the Oneonta Rotary ClubFidelis Care provided us with reusable lunch bags for everyone to use and continued to have the presence of other programs for the children including the "Greater Plains Summer Book Program" two days per week offering a bookmobile, Opportunities for Otsego with children's activities one day a week and Cornell Cooperative Extension making smoothies on Fridays. Additionally, we were supported by local businesses and the City of Oneonta.
   

Blessing Bags

Thank you to the Gallupville Evangelical Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School children and instructors Ms. Sierra Diamond and Ms. Linda Briggs for the “Blessing Bag” donation. The bags were made to be given to homeless individuals within Schoharie county. The group made 30 Blessing Bags to distribute among agencies in Schoharie County. The bags include hygiene items, snacks, water, socks, silverware and a resource packet filled with a lot of different information including a food pantry directory and agency brochures. All items were gathered by the children in the Vacation Bible School program!
   

Our gardens supplied people with a lot of fresh vegetables in our Food Pantry this year!

   

Thank you
to all the runners and walkers
who came out to support our
1st Annual Color Run/Walk!
You made it a lot of fun!

Also, thank you to
all of the volunteers
who helped with this event!
We couldn't have done it without you!

   

We held our Annual Dinner on May 31st at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta. Thank you to all those who attended and helped us celebrate 100 Years of Caring Beyond Belief,  Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop Emeritus Hubbard, Vince Colonno, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, Aaron Macken for telling your story, and our Centennial Medallion Winners.

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, awards are being given to 100 people and community partners in the Albany Diocese who have made notable contributions to our mission over the years. Thank you, Donna Kankiewicz, Senator James L. Seward, Linda Mongillo-Wheeler, Susan Cimino-Cary, Grace Allidi, Jo-Ann Lamonica, Lloyd Baker, Rose Marie and Larry Joyce, and John Wilwerth whose sister accepted the medallion on his behalf.

Thank you to all of our other major sponsors who helped to make this fundraiser a success: Country Club Motors,  Fidelis Care, Jo-Ann LaMonica, Harlem & Jervis Law Firm, Jack McDonald / Ameriprise Financial, Oneonta Block Company and Pickett Building Materials, Bank of Richmondville, and SEFCU.

   

Catholic Charities would like to send a special thank you to the Caplan Bensley Foundation for the Jazzy’s Place Dog Food Initiative. In 2016 Catholic Charities served 259 Households and a total of 1,345 individuals through our Food Pantry in Cobleskill. Clients have been very appreciative and happy that we now offer dog food as well as food and personal care items. It is very important to us to be able to serve those in need and we feel as though, pets should not be overlooked as members of a household. Pets are family to people and they deserve to be taken care of as such. We thank everyone who was involved in putting the Jazzy’s Place Grant together and we look forward to being able to best serve our clients and their furever friends.

   
Our 6th Annual Pasta Dinner was held on April 5th at the Holiday Inn Oneonta Banquets in Oneonta. Thanks to them and their generous volunteers, 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go towards programs of Catholic Charities DOS.

Thank you to all of our other major sponsors who helped to make this fundraiser a success: Country Club MotorsFidelis Care, Jo-Ann LaMonica, Harlem & Jervis Law Firm, Jack McDonald / Ameriprise Financial, Oneonta Block Company and Pickett Building Materials, Bank of Richmondville, and SEFCU.
   

Thank you to the
Southside Mall
for allowing Catholic Charities
to feature our programs in the mall display!

   

MENTORS WANTED!
Catholic Charities is currently recruiting volunteers for our Mentoring Program in Delaware County. Volunteers will act as mentors to at-risk youth ages 7 – 17 years. Mentors will be required to meet with his/her youth at least 2 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year. Mentors will provide support, guidance and encouragement to youth through participation in one-on-one mentoring outings as well as group events. Mentors must be at least 18 years of age, possess a registered and insured vehicle, a current driver’s license, and will also need to be able to pass a screening process. By acting as a positive, consistent role model, mentors have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the life of a young person. If interested in acting as a volunteer mentor or if you want further information please contact Diana Halstead at 607-604-4071, 607-353-2198 or via email at dhalstead@charitiesccdo.org

   

Thank you to the
Schoharie Central School Pre-K classes
for the donation of
personal care items and food.

   

Christiana stopped in to pick up a
holiday food basket for her family.
The holiday food basket was made possible
by a generous donation from the
Rubin Family on behalf of
A & D Transport Services, Inc.

   

Richard and Bette dropped off gifts for a family that they adopted for Christmas. There are still opportunities available to adopt a family this year. Call our Oneonta office for more information: (607) 432-0061.

   

A special thank you to the Rubin Family on behalf of A & D Transport Services, Inc. for the 10 Holiday Food Baskets for families in need in Otsego County.

   

Catholic Charities' staff and volunteers are in the process of preparing 90 holiday food baskets for families living in Sidney and Oneonta thanks to the generous donation by Scoville-Meno Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sidney and Scoville-MenoHonda in Oneonta.

   

Thanks to a very generous donation from Scoville-Meno Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sidney and Scoville-Meno Honda in Oneonta, Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties is happy to announce that we will be providing Christmas food baskets for families residing in Oneonta or in Sidney.

The food baskets will include all the trimmings for a Christmas dinner, a gift card to a local grocery store to purchase a ham or turkey, and extra staple food items to assist families, whose children normally are fed at school, during the school holiday break.

Families should call the Catholic Charities Oneonta office at 607-432-0061 or the Sidney office at 607-604-4071 to complete an application over the phone. Once approved, families will need to come to the Oneonta office for pick-up on Thursday, December 15th or Monday, December 19th or in Sidney families should come to the Sidney office on Friday, December 16th or Tuesday, December 20th. Pick-up times will be from 9:00 am – noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at both locations.

If you are interested in donating towards this program please contact the Catholic Charities Oneonta office at 607-432-0061.

   

Donate to
Catholic Charities
of Delaware, Otsego,
and Schoharie Counties
through your regular purchases at Amazon.com!

Just click the link on the right, select us as the agency that you are supporting and sign in with your regular Amazon.com account.

Look for items that say
"Eligible for AmazonSmile donation"

Each time you return to Amazon.com to shop, just go to the smile.amazon.com page to log in!
(There is also a toolbar button that you can get to make returning to this Amazon page a little easier!)

   

Catholic Charities' staff, interns and volunteers are prepping items for the Thanksgiving Baskets being made in Cobleskill.

This year we are preparing approximately
120 baskets for
families of four or more
in Schoharie County.

   

Thank you to Stephen Scoville, Scoville-MenoChrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sidney and Scoville-Meno Honda in Oneonta for donating $5,000 for holiday food for families in Sidney and Oneonta.

   

Meg and Randy of our Domestic Violence Program accepted a donation of items from St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Cobleskill.

The congregation put out a plea for household cleaning items and personal care items for people leaving our shelter. Because of the congregations' generosity a total of 8 gigantic baskets were put together and donated to the program.

   

The local chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution held a drive for items for our safe house. Members from this chapter, and also from out of the area, donated items. They dropped off hand crocheted blankets, gift cards, personal care items, sheets, children's’ slippers, and cleaning products. Pictured: Carolyn Richter, Kathleen Slater, and Angie Smith

   

Our Cobleskill staff wearing purple to raise awareness of Domestic Violence on October 20, 2016.

   

The Schoharie County Domestic Violence Task Force held the Shine the Light Event on October 18th. Richard Bialkowski, Chief of the Cobleskill Police Department, was awarded the Shine the Light Award at the event for his support of the local domestic violence program run by Catholic Charities, his efforts towards raising awareness, and his support for victims. Congratulations Chief Bialkowski!

Thank you to Senator James Seward for being one of our guest speakers for the evening.


Pictured left to right: Susan Cimino-Cary, Chief Bialowski, and Angie Smith


Pictured left to right: Angie Smith and Senator James Seward

   

Thank you to Frank and Barbara Cavalieri
of Mountainview Preserve & Kennels
for organizing the
5th Annual Tower Shoot
to raise funds for assisting veterans.

This event raised approximately $2900
for emergency assistance for veterans
in the three counties we serve.

   

Beginning September 19, 2016, our Delhi office will be open by appointment only.

   

Summer Food Service Program

As we close out our third year of the Summer Food Service Program in Neahwa Park in Oneonta, we would like to thank all those who have helped us make it a great program! We have continued our partnership with theOneonta First United Presbyterian Church, The "Red Door" Church to offer the Program for the third year. Their volunteers prepared and served approximately 1,900 child lunches and 600 adult lunches this summer. This year our agency received funding from the United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties to offer meals to the adults accompanying children to the free lunch program. This allowed the adults and children to be able to eat lunch together as a family. Fidelis Care provided us with reusable lunch bags this year. We continued to have the presence of other programs for the children including the Oneonta Teachers two days per week offering a bookmobile, Fidelis Care making smoothies on Fridays, Opportunities for Otsego came with some activities for children and Peg from the First United Presbyterian Church made crafts with the children each week. Additionally, we were supported by local businesses and the City of Oneonta.

   

Back To School Campaign

For the first time through our Sidney office in August of 2016, Catholic Charities offered a back to school campaign which assisted students in the Sidney School District to obtain the required school supplies so they could be prepared to begin their school year.  Backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, binders, pens, etc. were distributed to approximately 100 students.  A special thank you to area businesses, Sidney churches, and community members who made this project a success. 

   

Angela Clapper, “Thirty-One” Consultant, donated a portion of all items sold to purchase personal care items for people in our domestic violence shelter in Schoharie County. They plan to continue donating personal care items in the future.

   

Community Diaper Project

The Arc Otsego is at our Oneonta office the fourth Friday of each month with their Community Diaper Project! If you need diapers at a low cost, stop in from 10 am - 12 pm days that they are here.

   

The vegetable gardens are growing nicely at our Food Pantry in Cobleskill! Soon we'll have a lot of fresh vegetables available!

   

Our new office in Sidney NY
is now open!

We are located at the Sidney Civic Center at 21 Liberty Street. This office will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

With the opening of the Sidney office, the hours of our Delhi office will be changing. We will now only be open on Thursdays in Delhi from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.


   

The Night At The Museum was held on June 23rd at the New York State Museum in Albany.  This event is the annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and helps support the local agencies, including Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties’ Emergency Assistance Programs.  As a former recipient of emergency assistance, Lydia spoke at the Night At The Museum to the crowd of about 400 individuals.  She movingly discussed how Catholic Charities was able to assist her and her family and how much of a difference Catholic Charities had made in her life. 

   
wanted

Volunteers needed at Catholic Charities to support staff in the Schoharie County Domestic Violence Program.  We need volunteers to assist in the following ways:

  • Light house work
  • Light yard work
  • Child care
  • Receiving and sorting donations
  • Transportation
  • Outreach activities

The Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program offers aid and support to victims of domestic violence and their families. The program's goal is to empower survivors to choose safety and violence-free living for themselves and their children, and provides services to all victims of domestic violence whether staying in the safe dwelling or living in the community.  Please help make a difference in your local community!

Please call Angie at 518-234-3581 for more information and for a volunteer application.

Domestic abuse does not discriminate, and neither does Catholic Charities.  We will provide shelter and other appropriate services for all victimized by domestic violence, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, religious beliefs, sex, marital status, or disability.

   

June 17, 2016

An article about our Summer Food Service Program by The Daily Star.

Catholic Charities to expand
food program with United Way grant

   

Thank you to Stewart's Shops for the
500 milk gift cards.
Their on-going support of many of our programs is greatly appreciated.

   

The gardens at the Cobleskill office are planted! We look forward to offering fresh veggies in the Food Pantry this summer!

   

Help your community grow -
One drop at a time!

This fundraiser provides assistance for those in the community who are in need. 100% of donations go directly towards assisting individuals and families meet their basic needs.

Help us fill our front window with raindrops and watering cans!
Stop by and purchase a raindrop for $1 or a watering can for $5.

   

A donation of blankets for the CARRT Center, made by the Schoharie Central Schools FACS class.

CARRT
   
DVTraining

The Schoharie County Domestic Violence Task Force held a domestic violence training for law enforcement personnel from Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties. Bob Passano conducted the training. Bob is a retired sergeant from the Watervliet Police Department, and has worked as a trainer with the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for 20 years.  For trainings were conducted over two days in April. The trainings took place at the Cobleskill Fire Department. Thank you to the officers that participated and to the Cobleskill Fire Department for hosting the trainings.

   

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Lynn Glueckert, who was presented with the Outstanding Community Engagement Award from SUNY Cobleskill Agricultural Program.  Thank you to James Bogart, a former intern at Catholic Charities in our Cobleskill office, who nominated Ms. Glueckert.

   

"In the Spring of 216 I was unemployed and looking for employment while struggling to pay bills. I was about to lose my only means of transportation when Catholic Charities went out of their way to help me keep my car on the road so I could find a job."

   

April 20, 2016

An article about our Caring Connections Program by the Daily Star.

On the Bright Side: Reception honors
‘Caring Connections’ program

   

On April 14th Catholic Charities honored our volunteers with an appreciation dinner at Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q - Oneonta, NY!

In 2015 we had 142 volunteers who donated over 6,700 hours to our programs.

Volunteer
   

Our 5th Annual Pasta Dinner
was held on April 7th.

Thank you to the Holiday Inn Oneonta Banquets for helping us raise over $6,000!

   

A donation of baby items from the SUNY Cobleskill Circle K who had a baby shower on March 29th and donated all items to Catholic Charities for our domestic violence shelter and the Community Maternity Services Program.

CircleK

   

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties once again assisted families of 4 or more with a Thanksgiving meal by offering a food basket including a turkey and all the trimmings. We were able to serve a total of 747 people with 153 Thanksgiving baskets.

   

Catholic Charities received a $5,000 donation from the Walmart Distribution Center in Sharon Springs for the Cobleskill food pantry.  The food pantry also received a truck load of food from the Distribution Center.  Thank you to Walmart and the employees for their generous donation and support of feeding the hungry in our community.

   

Thanks to our interns from Hartwick College in Oneonta, Aaron and Kelsey, we are ready to start our winter fundraiser!

"Keeping our community warm, one brick at a time!" will run from November 1st through April 1st, 2016 in our Oneonta and Cobleskill offices.

Help us turn the bricks. Bricks cost $50 each. Buy one as an individual or go in as a group to help those we help who are in need of heat this winter!

   

The United Way of the Greater Capital Region featured Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties' work in Schoharie County. Read a blog post from Program Director, Angela Smith, on their website.

Domestic Violence Affects Us All

 

Available Now
In Our Cobleskill Office

Personal care items including shampoo, soap, women’s hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, toilet paper, combs, and deodorant are available at the Cobleskill office for those individuals in need of these products.  Catholic Charities is aware that personal care items cannot be purchased with food stamps and that often individuals struggle to afford the necessary hygiene products they need.  If you are in need of a personal care item, please stop into the Cobleskill office located at 489 West Main Street anytime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  When requesting personal care items, Catholic Charities will ask that individuals complete a simple form with some basic demographic information.  Personal care items can be given to an individual once every 30 days.

If you are interested in donating personal care items to the Cobleskill office to assist those individuals in need of such items, please feel free to drop off any of the following items at the Cobleskill office, located at 489 West Main Street anytime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday:

  • Men’s or women’s deodorant
  • Men’s or women’s shaving cream
  • Men’s or women’s razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Combs
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Women’s hygiene products

Catholic Charities also accepts monetary donations to support this service.

Catholic Charities will continue to monitor the need for certain personal care items and will make adjustments in the items available based on need.

 

July 2, 2015

A guest commentary on our Caring Connections Program by our Executive Director, Lynn Glueckert,
printed by The Daily Star.

Guest Commentary:
Caring Connections offers hand up

 


June 28, 2015

An article about the summer meal sites in our area by the Daily Star.

Highlighted was our program in Neahwa Park in Oneonta.

Local Meal Sites to Serve Thousands

 

"I am so pleased and grateful for Catholic Charities' help. They are great people with big hearts and I couldn't be happier. Thank you Tracey."
~ Kim

 

May 20, 2015

An article about our Caring Connections Program by The Daily Star.

Group helps those who
'fall through the cracks'

 

“The service today was amazing. I was feeling depressed and very upset until I came to Catholic Charities and they helped me feel relieved and not under so much stress by trying to help me and my children.”
~ Nora