NH Catholic Charities Contingency to Help Katrina Vicitims

Contingency to travel to New Orleans to help rebuild lives

MANCHESTER, NH April 30, 2007—New Hampshire Catholic Charities (NHCC) President and CEO, Thomas Blonski announced today that he will again lead a team of volunteers to New Orleans to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The contingency will assist in Operation Helping Hands, which brings volunteers from across the country together to help elderly, disabled, or uninsured victims of Hurricane Katrina. They will depart from New Hampshire on Monday, May 7th and return on Saturday, May 12th.

“Working to empower an entire region of the country after such a horrendous event is very rewarding,” Blonski said. “Many of the people we are helping are elderly, uninsured or underinsured and I am thrilled that we can make a real difference in their lives.”

Over the past year and a half, NHCC’s staff and volunteers have been supportive to the recovery efforts in New Orleans as that region continues to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of the 2005 disaster, NHCC raised and donated $900,000 to relief efforts. Last October, a team of 11 new NHCC members traveled to the region and assisted in placing a number of families back in their homes.

In addition to Blonski’s group, a second team of NHCC volunteers made the trip in February; a third team will be going at the end of May, bringing the total number of NHCC volunteers helping in Louisiana to 65.

More information about Operation Helping Hands can be found at:  http://www.ccano.org/operation_helping_hands.htm

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New Hampshire Catholic Charities is the state’s largest private, non-profit, social service agency reaching out to the poor and vulnerable of all faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 1945, their dynamic array of quality programs and services, run by trained professionals and supported by dedicated volunteers, has served their Christian mission to heal, comfort, and empower. People from all walks of life in nearly every community rely on New Hampshire Catholic Charities. They, in turn, rely on the generosity of the individuals and businesses that recognize the great social value to fund our necessary work. Together, the community and New Hampshire Catholic Charities make a difference by offering people hope and empowerment that strengthens the social fabric of New Hampshire.