United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Donor Choice Program
The Response to Love Center is proud to participate in the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Donor Choice Program. The United Way Community Care Campaign provides donors with a unique opportunity to support a diverse network of human services.
Any donor may choose to designate all or a portion of his or her total gift to a certified, 501 (c) (3) organization that provides health and human services.
The Girl Scouts helped today at the Response to Love Center, including a tour, packing eggs and sorting canned goods. With Sister Johnice, Sister Catherine and Sister Rose the girls role played in the intake office learning how our system works from start to finish. To see the Video CLICK HERE.
15th Annual Food Bank of WNY Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party
SAVE THE DATE…Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Each month nearly 100,000 less fortunate Western New Yorkers turn to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food providers for assistance. Since 1979, the Food Bank of Western New York has been helping individuals in need by acting as a bridge between available food sources and agencies servicing them. 39,000 of those served by the Food Bank of Western New York’s member agencies are children while 8% are seniors. In addition to distributing food, the Food Bank has programs to further assist its agencies and educate the community about hunger among the needy in our area.
The Food Bank distributes food to approximately 340 member agencies that feed the less fortunate in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties. These are child care centers, food pantries, group homes, senior programs, shelters, soup kitchens, and summer camps, including the Response to Love Center. The Food Bank of WNY provides more than 13 million pounds of food annually across the four counties it serves.
It’s time to polish those pipes, strap on those helmets and ride for the cause…Saturday, September 19th; it’s the Fifteenth Annual Food Bank of Western New York Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party. All the fun starts with a 9:30am registration for the scenic motorcycle dice run. The dice run will include stops at Squire Whites at The White Inn of Fredonia and Gowanda Harley Davidson. The starting point and more dice run stops will be announced. The run will end at the Sunset Bay Beach Club’s Benefit Party!!! Not riding? No worries, everyone is invited to the event party that kicks off at 2pm and will include basket raffles, FUNdraising, run prizes, vendors, contests, live entertainment, finger food, a cash bar and more…
Be sure to visit www.cyberspokes.com and join our Facebook page for more details as they become available. For volunteer, sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact us. We thank you for your support.
With the launch of our redesigned and updated website we are looking for a volunteer that has the gift of writing ability. One of our goals is to keep the website fresh and updated on a regular basis. That’s where you can help. Our thought is someone to report news and happenings at the Center, interviewing volunteers, etc. If you or someone you know might be interested in doing this please contact me (Webmaster/ Mike Gilhooly) HERE.
Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF nominated Canisius High School Campus Minister Father Fred Betti SJ for the “Touchdown for Teachers” award, sponsored by M&T Bank. Throughout the past 10 years Fr. Betti has been an inspiration and gift to the Response to Love Center.
Under his guidance and direction, the youth from Canisius High School, have served in the dining room, the pantry and thrift shops. Before, during and after the installation of the new elevator, hours were spent this year remodeling and moving the Center’s food pantry food pantry warehouse and dining room.
Father Betti was notified as one of the five finalists, and named as one of the four runners up, receiving $100 in grant funds for Canisius High School and two tickets to the Buffalo Bills draft party on May 8. As nominator Sister was invited as a guest to the Buffalo Bills draft party, held the UB Alumni Arena. The evening’s event was filled with thousands of Buffalo Bills fans who look forward to the new lineup for the upcoming year.
May 1, 2014 Mass was held at St. John Kanty Parish in Buffalo
Sister Johnice and Bishop Malone Distributing the Third Millennium Pins to volunteers
Thursday May 1, 2014 (Feast of St Joseph the Worker.)
A Mass of Thanksgiving took place at Saint John Kanty Church in Buffalo New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Response to Love Center and Volunteer Appreciation Day.
Rev. Richard J. Malone Bishop of Buffalo was the main celebrant for the special occasion with celebrants Rev. Msgr. Paul Litwin Chancellor, Rev. Steven Jekielek, Rev. James Fugle, Rev. Fredrick Betti S.J. and Deacons Marc Leadersforf and David Velasquez.
Sister Johnice welcomed all with recognition of the founding of the Response to Love Center some 30 years ago with the help and approval of the late Msgr. Joe Bialek Pastor of St. Adalbert’s at the time.
The music was prepared by Mr. Kevin Durkin and enhanced by the voices of 35 Canisius High School students.
After communion Bishop Malone blessed each volunteer and presented them with a “Third Millennium Pin.” The pin is significant as it is a challenge from Pope Francis to live a spirit of faith, hope and love in their ministry to the poor. After the Mass a buffet was hosted at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga, NY for the Clergy, Sisters, Staff and volunteers. Kathleen Majchrzak, Volunteer Coordinator, prepared the afternoon with song and awards recognition for volunteers.
The awards presented for 2014 included:
“Volunteer of the Year”… respecting the dignity of all and supporting the journey of each person with compassionate presence…
“Saint Matthew Award”… recognizing volunteers who like Jesus invited a friend to “FOLLOW ME” in service to others
“Companions on the Journey”… recognizing those volunteers who count their service in terms of decades rather than days.