Spotlight: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
This organization serves 21 counties and seven cities in Virginia.
Mission: "The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the official teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.
"The Gospel proclaims and the church teaches respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, from the moment of conception through natural death, and the duty to serve the most vulnerable of God’s people.
"Therefore, Catholic Charities seeks to implement the church’s mission of social justice in the Diocese of Arlington in ways that strengthen individuals, families and communities.
"Catholic Charities extends its services and resources to all in need, convenes the Catholic community to fulfill the Church’s mission of social justice, and advocates for social justice and seeks to empower others to do the same."
Contact Information: Phone: (703) 841-3830; Fax: (703) 841-3840; Address: 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 506, Arlington. Website: www.ccda.net
Financials: According to the annual report, the group's annual budget is $7.2 million.
History: Catholic Charities of Northern Virginia was founded in 1947. At that time, it offered children's services and the organization's staff consisted of one office assistant and one case worker. More than 60 years later, the group's services have expanded considerably and it now employs 120 full- and part-time workers. It serves 21 counties and seven cities of Virginia. For a full history of the charity, visit its website.
How you can help: Katie Walker, a spokeswoman for the organization, said, "Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Arlington. We have a broad range of exciting and rewarding programs and volunteer opportunities available. Please visit our website at www.ccda.net for an updated listing of volunteer openings."