In a fundraising video, Robyn and E of L’Arche Neahkahnie House reminisce about a beach trip during which Robyn dragged E into the chilly waters of the Pacific.
In a fundraising video, Robyn and E of L’Arche Neahkahnie House reminisce about a beach trip during which Robyn dragged E into the chilly waters of the Pacific.

In the pandemic era, fall has become a season of digital Catholic fundraisers. The production value has increased since the first attempts last year.

On Oct. 19, Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard held its Champions of Faith event, hoping for $500,000 and raising more than $525,000.

“It’s because of you, your loyalty and commitment that we will be able to continue to make great memories for kids through scholarships, improving our programs, and investing in an endowment for the future,” Sister Krista von Borstel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon told supporters. “Truly, you have helped fuel the future for our youth. You are the life blood of our organization and the foundation of strength supporting our mission.”

During the online video presentation, groups of children said “welcome” and professed their love for camp and CYO sports. Scenes from camp and sports venues filled the screen. Archbishop Alexander Sample said CYO and Camp Howard are vital as children seek to rebuild friendships. He calls the venture a unique project that should be supported so it will be there for future generations.

Lou Holtz, retired Notre Dame football coach, delivered a message about the value of his own Catholic youth sports experience in Ohio. There is no way to repay those coaches from the past, but we can support other young people today, Holtz said.

The program is still available at avlaunch.me/2021championsoffaith.

In Eugene on Oct. 14, Catholic Community Services of Lane County held its annual Great Hour of Caring breakfast online for the second year. In past years, the breakfast has drawn 300 people. “I wish we could enjoy this event over coffee and breakfast together but this virtual option is a safer and more responsible way to share our story,” said Stefani Roybal, development director.

Catholic Community Services of the Willamette Valley held a hybrid luncheon, with some guests at the Salem Convention Center and others online.

Singer/songwriter Julie Hoy performed her songs “Higher Ground” and “It’s a New Day.” Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner led the blessing. Executive director Josh Graves framed the event in the agency’s mission: Children, adults and families with the knowledge, ability, and desire to live responsibly with others in a just society.

Client Kayla Murray was candid about her struggles with homelessness and addiction and how the Catholic Community Services Father Taaffe Homes program helped her become a better mother. The program introduced Murray to Ed and Teri Moore, who are helping raise Kayla’s son, Percy. Also featured were Bonnie Perez, a longtime Mission Benedict volunteer, and Matt Holt, a resident in one of the agency’s adult homes. Dr. Lee and Lynda Harrington closed the event by focusing on the healing power of community.

L’Arche Portland, a Catholic-founded organization that builds community among people with and without disabilities, posted an online fundraiser Oct. 21. The video started with L’Arche residents singing the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Residents then opened the doors of their houses and told stories from the year, recounting coast trips, camping and dancing on TikTok.

“This event is an opportunity for you to connect with our homes,” said Andy Noethe, executive director of L’Arche. It’s still possible to give at larche-portland.org/2021-benefit-celebration.

During the second week of October, Mater Dei Radio held its fall Sharathon — on the air and over the internet. Guests from the local Catholic world discussed topics of the day and urged listeners to offer support by phoning in or going to the website.

“Thank you to the many donors who put their faith into action and gave generously to support our mission,” said a note from Pat Ryan, executive director of Mater Dei. “We enjoyed the chance to connect with you, to pray for your intentions, and to hear how Catholic radio has touched your life.” Mater Dei just launched a new way to listen: The Hail Mary Media app, which gives easy access to programs, news and podcasts.