Catholic Charities to Recognize Essential Workers at 2021 Celebration of Charity Event

Seeking Nominations to Honor 20 Who Provided Help and Created Hope on Frontline in 2020

GOSHEN – Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster’s 15th annual Celebration of Charity will pay tribute to the region’s essential workers. The non-profit agency is seeking nominations for its “Charities’ Community Champions” award. Twenty essential workers will be selected for their contributions to the community from the frontline in 2020. The Champions will be recognized at the virtual Celebration on Thursday, April 15.

The nomination form is available at and through Catholic Charities’ Facebook page and website ( The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, February 15.

“While we’re not out of the woods yet, 2020 was an exceptionally difficult year. We came through it thanks to the hard work and dedication of essential workers from diverse businesses and all walks of life who continued to work on the front lines each and every day to provide care, services, and support for their neighbors,” said Shannon Kelly, Deputy CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. “The Charities’ Community Champions awards will recognize 20 essential workers who kept our communities going by embodying the spirit of Caritas (love of humankind) and fulfilling Catholic Charities’ mission to provide help and create hope.”

Charities’ Community Champion nominees should live, work, or volunteer in Orange, Sullivan, or Ulster Counties. Selected Champions will be asked to provide a one-minute personal video that will be part of Catholic Charities’ virtual Celebration event on Thursday, April 15.

“Essential workers from a multitude of vocations have made it possible for our world to keep turning during the pandemic,” said Ms. Kelly. “From health care workers, delivery drivers, and restaurant staff to grocery store employees, law enforcement, teachers, first responders, and more – so many have continued to provide essential services to our community. We are incredibly grateful for their dedication and sacrifice and look forward to recognizing some who represent this outstanding community spirit that has come shining through during these unusual times,” continued Kelly.

Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster has remained open throughout the pandemic to assist those in need of care, hope, and help. Programs include a full continuum of support for individuals suffering from the disease of addiction, as well as prevention and education for youth and adults. Emergency food and shelter assistance, and other case management support has helped those struggling with food and housing insecurity, and Christmas giving programs made for happier holidays for more than 1,000 children. A complete list of programs is available at Catholic Charities provides assistance to those in need regardless of religion or ability to pay.

The 15th annual Celebration of Charity, featuring the Charities’ Community Champion awards, will be held virtually on Thursday, April 15. Typically Catholic Charities’ largest fundraising event of the year, this year’s Celebration will offer sponsorship and journal ad opportunities to recognize the Charities’ Community Champions and support the agency’s much-needed work in the community. For more information, or to join the event as a supporter, contact Kristin Jensen, at 845.294.5124, ext. 1005 or