Vermont Catholic Charities is proud to offer grants to non-profit organizations that make meaningful differences in the daily lives of individuals and families throughout Vermont.
The Bishop deGoesbriand Appeal for Human Advancement
The Bishop deGoesbriand Appeal for Human Advancement raises money to support local non-profit organizations who make a difference in the daily lives of Vermonters. On Ash Wednesday, Vermont parishes take up a collection to support this grant program. This support helps provide financial resources for homeless shelters, right to life programs, food programs for children and families and more.
Since 2011, Vermont Catholic Charities has awarded 230 grants totaling over $488,000 to Vermont nonprofits which support critical needs in their communities including housing, food, pro-life, and emergency assistance.
The impact of these grants can best be described by a few of agencies supported.
The Bishop deGoesbriand grant provides support to Faith in Action’s work to decrease hunger and food insecurity in the Northeast Kingdom and Washington County. “We are sincerely grateful for your continued support as we work to feed the needy in our area.”
Joshua House received a grant to provide emergency aid to clients in the Northeast Kingdom. One client said, “Thank you so much. You are an angel from heaven sent from God to help others.”
With help from the deGoesbriand grant, HOPE was able to ease the challenge and stress of poverty for more than 3000 people in Addison County. “Thank you for the generous grant. Your support has a tremendous impact on our ability to respond to the needs of some of the most vulnerable populations in Addison County. Thank you for your continued commitment and support to our community.”
Last year over 250 students at the Catholic Center at the University of Vermont prepared and served dinner at the Salvation Army. “We greatly appreciate the grant as it helps the students reach out to those less fortunate in our community. Students experience that we are called to serve less fortunate and encounter Christ in them.”