Catholic Charities was officially nominated by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for its 2015 Good ‘Burger award. Show your support for our work by voting online at www.stpete.com/goodburger. Don’t delay as voting ends August 21st (little more than 3 weeks away)!
What are the Good ‘Burger Awards?
In honor of a former mayor of St. Pete who referred to his citizens as “burgers” (as in St. Petersburgers), the Good ‘Burger Awards were established to honor Chamber members who contribute in a positive way to make our community special. The Chamber launched the awards three years ago as a replacement for the formal, dinner banquet programs of former years – a way to honor and recognize Chamber members who have made a positive impact in the greater St. Pete community.
How and Why was Catholic Charities nominated?
A committee of Chamber volunteers spent several weeks selecting over 70 nominees in 8 categories from over 1,000 Chamber members. The Chamber considers this nomination a “love note” from the Chamber on behalf of the citizens of St. Petersburg for the contributions Catholic Charities has made in the community and the resulting positive impact. Catholic Charities was nominated in the ‘Community Conscious’ category.
What is Catholic Charities?
Catholic Charities was created in 1945 as the Tampa Office for Charity under the Diocese of St. Augustine. Upon the creation of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1968, Catholic Charities was as it is today was established as a nonprofit, faith-based corporation governed by a Board of Trustees with our clients as our primary stakeholders. Our mission is to follow the Gospel mandate of Jesus Christ and serve those least among us in need within our community, regardless of religion, with charity and compassion to promote the sanctity and dignity of them as children of God. Catholic Charities offers hope by helping those in need in order to return them to the path of self-sufficiency. We offer a host of services including (but not limited to) disaster relief, adoption and pregnancy-related programs, mobile medical care, services to the elderly (HUD 202 housing and respite care) and persons with HIV/AIDS, services to immigrants and refugees, homeless services (including Pinellas Hope), veterans’ programs (housing and case management), affordable housing for low income families and other groups, and a disability program. We serve all residents of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Next Steps: Vote for Catholic Charities of course!
If you believe in our mission and our results (nearly 14,000 clients helped in 2014 alone), please consider voting for us. The only way to vote is online at www.stpete.com/goodburger! The voting ends on August 21st so don’t delay.