Michelle Kurkul, Development Coordinator
Seafood Industry Provides Support to Region’s Most Needy
More than 30 Companies Contribute to Catholic Charities Fund
GLOUCESTER—June 3, 2014—Gloucester residents in need will continue to receive the support they need this spring thanks to $34,000 in funding provided to Catholic Charities North from local and international seafood companies and their service suppliers. This year the Catholic Charities North Fishing Community Fund included donations from more than 30 companies and individuals, increasing the total amount raised by 25 percent over last year.
The Fishing Community Fund received a $10,000 grant from the Sailor’s Snug Harbor as well as substantial contributions from private donors and local and international seafood companies and their service suppliers. Major donors included American Seafoods Group, LLC, Arista Industries, Bama Seafood Products, CB Richard Ellis, Elite Seafood, Espersen, Hai Yang International, High Liner Foods, Jeffrey Kaneb, National Development, National Fish & Seafood, and Northern Marine.
Other supporters included American Refrigeration, Catania-Spagna Corporation, Eastern Fish, Yuval Gattegno, Harbor Seafoods, Ipswich Shellfish, Label Print America, Marine Stewardship Council, Old Neighborhood and Preferred Freezer Services.
With the support of these partners and through the work of the Catholic Charities North Advisory Board, the organization is able to provide essential services to families in need in the Gloucester community. Unfortunately the demand for assistance continues to grow. If you would like to support the Catholic Charities North Fishing Community Fund please contact the Catholic Charities North at 781-593-2312.
About Catholic Charities North
For more than 90 years Catholic Charities North has provided emergency food, housing, fuel and utility assistance to the poor and working poor. In addition to Basic Needs assistance, local Catholic Charities programs help families get back on their feet by engaging people in education and career training such as GED classes for out of school youth, ESOL classes for refugee and immigrant populations, and accredited Child Care Centers. An array of family support programs such as Young Parents Program, Parent Aide, and Fathers Support are leaders in engaging their target populations in strengthening their families and giving their children the opportunities they deserve. For a listing of local programs, please visit www.ccab.org/north. Catholic Charities North is a regional service site of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston.