Reflections about the Annual Bishop’s Appeal
I’ve always known that I wanted to make the world a better place. I never knew where to start or how to accomplish this. I’m not a world-traveler, or a go-getter. I’m not a mover. I’m not a shaker. I like to stay home with my family, tend the garden, play with the dog and read a good book. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to making a difference in my community, I prefer to do so quietly and tucked away in the background.
As part of a great team of staff, you can find me at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown and more specifically in the Office of the Bishop’s Appeal. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is the single most important collection of the entire year. The funds collected during this time support Catholic Charities in the Six Counties in the Diocese of Youngstown along with many other ministries such as Religious Education, the Formation of Youth & Young Adults, and Family Life, and Vocations, just to name a few.
I want you to know how much we appreciate your involvement. I’ve spoken with many families during my time here, and I understand the sacrifice that you have to make in order to provide for those in need of our ministries. As Catholics, I know that caring for those in need is as close to your heart as it is to mine.
You may be wondering how my role adds to the BIG PICTURE. As the database coordinator for the Annual Bishop’s Appeal as well as for Catholic Charities, it is my responsibility to ensure the integrity and security of your data. What does that mean, exactly? It means managing a donors biographical details, analyzing data, archiving historical information, processing pledges, payments and disbursements, preparing correspondence and reports for donors, parishes and the community, preparing financial reports, coordinating mail communications and events, preparing email transmissions, and much more.
Now, I’m not on the front lines of our services. I don’t work directly with clients in need. But you can think of me as your own personal “help desk”. While others take on the critical and necessary role of direct service, I help in other ways. I provide services for you, our supporters. It’s a lot of hard work that no one ever really sees or hears about. My work doesn’t result in instant gratification or a big payoff. When you call our offices to make a contribution, you “take it on faith” that the work done on behalf of your gift is contributing to the big picture. That knowledge makes me ever more certain that my behind the scenes efforts are meaningful and necessary.
With your support of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, it will be possible for our Church Family to continue to provide necessary services to those in need. For that, I can only say thank you, knowing that thank you is never enough.
– Jennifer Lucarelli, Database Coordinator