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Learn how to become a Catholic Charities Volunteer. Tune in to "Faith Alive," Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Annunciation Radio of Northwest Ohio. Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator Byron Wynn shares regional volunteer opportunities throughout the 19-county Diocese of Toledo.

Catholic Charities Helping Hands Clothing Center is in dire need of warm winter hats, gloves, socks and hand warmers. Assembling these items in a gallon-size ziploc storage bag is a great youth group service project and will be greatly appreciated buy the homeless we serve!

Regional staff members discuss Catholic Charities Project Bethlehem, an outreach program to help those we served in Mansfield, Norwalk and Toledo. Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to sponsor an individual or family by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve.

Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, the brainchild of Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen, and Instructor Chef Saundra Irvine, discuss this intense, fast-paced, 10-week compassionate culinary "boot-camp" providing a skills-driven immersion into the commercial food service industry and transformational life skills for any workforce.

In the first half of the show, year-end and Planned Giving opportunities are discussed with Tom Waniewski, Director of Development. Homelessness Prevention and Rent Assistance is then discussed with Toledo Regional Program Coordinator Brian Rome.

In this "Faith Alive" program Host Rodney Schuster, Executive Director Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, discusses Homelessness Services with Sue Shrewsbery, Helping Hands of St. Louis Program Director, and the Sandusky Furniture Ministry with Tom Lucas, Catholic Charities of Erie County Program Coordinator.

Kevin Jorrey, Office for Life & Justice Director, and Allison Stump, Students for Life Coordinator discuss the upcoming March for Life on January 20, 2023 in Washington DC. Reserve your seat and board our bus!  Listen in as they share their stories and offer ways for you to get involved!

Make your way to the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, to purchase $10 SImply Give food cards before the New Year! The proceeds support Helping Hands of St. Louis hot meal and pantry programs that provide food to over 1,000 people each week.

Looking to make a difference during this Season of Giving? Host a Ham Drive! Or simply donate what you can! Helping Hands of St. Louis needs 100 boneless or spiral cut hams for Christmas baskets and our annual Christmas Dinner Dec. 20.

Our next Catholic Business Network speaker will be Peter Range, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life, ( on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at St. John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, OH. Doors open at 7 a.m. with networking, breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and program at 8 a.m.

Dave Litzenberg, Catholic Business Network Chair, Rich Cronin, President of Catholic Charities Board of Directors and Peter Range, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life discuss the Dec. 6 Catholic Business Network event at St. John XXIII. Peter Range will speak on "Work, Worship and Warfare: The Call to Sanctification." 

We pray you'll show your support for neighbors in need by making a generous #GivingTuesday gift to Catholic Charities. When you do, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to several of our generous benefactors!

Grocery shopping at the Oregon Meijer this week benefits Helping Hands of St. Louis! Meijer is donating a meal to help feed a neighbor in need for every purchase at the Oregon Meijer that includes a Meijer brand food product!

Traditional Thanksgiving dinners will be prepared and served at Helping Hands of St. Louis and guests will be able dine-in again this year. The free meals will be served between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo. 

Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, Susan Dyson, Mansfield's HOPE Food Pantry Coordinator, and Willi Meyer, Facility and Activities Coordinator at La Posada Family Shelter discuss Thanksgiving food needs. "Faith Alive" airs weekly on Annunciation Radio of Northwest Ohio

Jen Voigt, Catholic Charities Permanent Supportive Housing Program Coordinator, discuss the housing services Catholic Charities offers. She and Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, discuss opportunities like Project Bethlehem, a volunteer program that makes Christmas special for the families we serve.

Vicki Smith, Catholic Charities Miriam House Program Coordinator, Willi Meyer, La Posada Family Shelter Activities and Facilities Manager, and Deacon Ed Irelan, Justice Ministry Coordinator, discuss the homeless services Catholic Charities offers in the Diocese of Toledo at our shelters and the "Off the Streets" program.

The 19th Annual Make A Difference Day Food and Supply Drive continued all day at Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry, 523 Park Avenue East. Nonperishable food items, toiletries and financial donations benefit Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry and Harmony House.

Nearly 200 families took home 630 new and gently used coats to keep warm during the upcoming winter season. Gently used and new boots, hats and gloves, warm children's PJ's, books and puzzles were also available. "Thank you to all who donated coats, especially Perrysburg Knights Of Columbus Council 7978 who purchased 154 children's coats for the Helping Hands of St. Louis event and to Saint John XXIII parishioners who hosted a Winter Clothing Drive,' Says Sue Shrewsbery.

On our latest "Faith Alive" program, Host Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, is joined by Brian Rome, Family Support & Guidance Program Coordinator, and Brian Hunt and Breanna Mantz, Community Emergency Services Program Coordinators in Mansfield and Norwalk. They discuss the crisis navigation and community emergency services Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo offers in the Diocese of Toledo.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to sister Catholic Charities agencies for Hurricane Ian disaster relief services in affected areas. Our prayers go out to all affected - those who have lost loved ones and millions of people who are suffering from the devastation wrought by this treacherous deadly storm.

Kerstin Pakka, Project Rachel Coordinator, and Tyler Pakka, Joseph Ministry Coordinator discuss their ministries. Allison Stump, Students for Life Coordinator, and Kevin Jorrey, Office for Life and Justice Director, share 40 Days for Life Activities and the upcoming Oct. 15 Mass for Life at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

Join us Thursday, October 6, 2022 for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast. Our speaker will be Matt Bell, Founder of Team Recovery, presents "God's Plan" and his efforts helping those suffering from the disease of addiction.

Helping Hands of St. Louis’ 9th Annual Shoe Fest will be Saturday, August 6. “We pray more shoe donations come in,” says Sue Shrewsbery. “We typically give away over 400 pairs of shoes. We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their shoe size.”new and gently used children's books are needed.

Our prayers go out to the people of Ukraine. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to Catholic Relief Services for the international Ukraine Humanitarian Relief effort. You may donate on our secure website noting Ukraine Relief as your donation designation.

More than 400 young men and their teachers at St. John’s Jesuit School receive tools to defend the pre-born through pro-life apologetics, presented in partnership with Students for Life of America and the University of Toledo Students for Life Club.

Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned volunteer advocate, read on for ways that you can celebrate Global Volunteer Month and inspire others to join in to make our world a better place.

Join us Thursday, April 28, 2022 for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast. Rev. Geoff Rose, OFS, President, St. Francis de Sales School, will speak on "Inspiring Change, Empowering Youth: Building the Kingdom."

This April, celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month by working to clean up and beautify our communities. There are lots of ways to beautify our world, and together we can keep it that way for generations to come.

Now is the time to go green! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by truly embracing a going green lifestyle. Check out the ways, together, our hands and hearts can help care for God's creation and bring good into the world! 

We invite you to walk with us and those we serve on this Lenten journey. Catholic Charities ministries offer numerous opportunities for charity and volunteer service throughout the Diocese of Toledo – our 19-county service area! 

Does praying in front of an abortion clinic make a difference? Read the story of baby Justice we received from Bob Schoen who prayed in front of the Toledo abortion clinic during our 40 Days for Life campaign.

How will you spread love during the month of February? Use one of these ideas or come up with your own! You never know how much a small act of kindness will mean to a person. Get out there and spread the love!

A Basic Budgeting Skills Workshop offered by Catholic Charities Family Guidance & Support Ministry helps Sandusky resident to get her life back on track.