Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.
For veterans and others experiencing homelessness, clothing and accessories are not only protection against the elements, but a way to preserve dignity. Something as simple as a new scarf, pair of gloves, or hat can increase people’s confidence and encourage them to keep going in a difficult situation.
When Parish and Diocesan Engagement Manager Dulce Valdez first started at Catholic Charities in 2017, she had no idea she’d help bring an idea to fruition that would impact so many lives. She had heard talk of starting an ambassador program with individuals who would be called “Champions.” These Champions would educate the community about Catholic Charities’ mission and services.
For some, giving to a nonprofit means making a one-time or monthly gift and not necessarily knowing how the donation is making a difference. However, creating a culture of philanthropy involves not only reaching those who feel passionate about a cause, but also showing them how they are making an impact and expressing gratitude for their support.