Parish and School Lenten Food Drive
Mar 26 – Mar 27 all-day

The Lenten Food Drive is a collection by schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington. Begun during the visit to Washington, D.C., by Pope Benedict, the drive provides hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to local food banks and parish pantries each year.

Donations will benefit hungry families in our community, stocking shelves at your local food bank, Catholic Charities’ Southern Maryland Food Bank and the Capital Area Food Bank.

Simply fill a bag with food and bring it to your parish or school by the deadline. Schools: March 21-25, 2022. Parishes: March 26 and 27, 2022.

For more information, visit the Lenten Food Drive web page.

April 9 Mission of Mercy @ Catholic Charities Center
Apr 9 all-day

The free one-day dental clinic for adults is part of the 2021 Mission of Mercy. Patients must register in advance. They will be contacted by Catholic Charities and scheduled for a timed two-hour appointment. No walk-ups will be taken. To register for an appointment, visit the Mission of Mercy web page.

Catholic Charities Gala 2022 @ Marriott Marquis
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm

An in-person and virtual hybrid event.

Join Father John Enzler and the Board of Directors in celebrating the work of Catholic Charities at the 2022 gala on Saturday, April 9.

The gala is co-chaired by members of the McMurtrie family – Maria Andreas Guadalupe, Amanda and Austin Herndon, Lizzy and Billy McMurtrie, and Meghan and Eddie Quinn.

Montgomery County Executive Candidates Forum @ Shrine of St. Jude
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please mark your calendar for April 26, 7 to 9 p.m., to attend the Montgomery County Executive Candidates Forum to be held at the Shrine of St. Jude, 12701 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville MD 20853.

The forum is co-hosted by Catholic Charities and the Justice & Advocacy Council of Montgomery County.

During the event, which will be moderated by Catholic Charities CEO Msgr. John J. Enzler, candidates will be asked for their positions on a variety of topics, particularly issues affecting people who live in poverty.

The four Democratic candidates running for election to the position of county executive will participate: David Blair, County Executive Marc Elrich, Peter James, and Councilmember Hans Riemer.

Admission is free. For details and to register, visit here.

Legal Network Tennis & Pickleball Night @ Congressional Country Club
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a great evening of fun with friends and family. The fourth annual Catholic Charities Tennis & Pickleball Night is an excellent opportunity to support Catholic Charities Legal Network and its clients.

For sponsorships and individual play tickets, visit the registration page. Spectator tickets are also available.

Deadline to register is May 30.

Event contact: Carolyn Ruyak, staff attorney, Legal Network, via email or phone (202-772-4300 ext. 407).

Share your support: Show your support of the Legal Network with a social media post, tagging @CCADW and using the hashtag #CCLN.

2022 In the Name of the Mother Golf Tournament @ Blue Mash Golf Course
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

The “In the Name of the Mother” charity golf outing is an event organized by donors that provides crucial funding to help mothers battling cancer in crisis. Join them for an incredible day on the course as they continue this tradition and support important work in our community.

The fund was established in 2005 by Kevin McConville and his family and friends to honor Megan McConville, Kevin’s wife, who passed away from cancer in November 2004. The mission of “In the Name of the Mother” is to provide financial aid to mothers diagnosed with cancer, based on the principle that no mother undergoing cancer treatment should have to worry about how to keep food on her family’s table or how to keep her children safe and cared for. The money provided by “In the Name of the Mother” has provided financial assistance for rent, utilities, house cleaning, medical needs, food, wigs and specialty clothes.

Please join us for the 17th Annual “In the Name of the Mother” charity golf outing on Friday, Sept. 9. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the shotgun start at 10 a.m. A silent auction will be included. The event ends with a dinner.

To register or to become a sponsor, visit the event web page.

Legal Network Golf Tournament @ Westfields Golf Club
Sep 26 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

While golf is fun and what brings us together, we truly do it for one reason only – the Catholic Charities Legal Network helps to change the trajectory of someone’s life for the better. Your loyal support and historic generosity are more important than ever before. Please join us on Sept. 26.

10:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Classic cookout
12:30 p.m. Shotgun start
Evening reception with dinner immediately following golf.

For sponsorships and registration, please visit our web page or use this form.

For more information, contact Carolyn Ruyak, staff attorney.

Fall Festival for Migrant Families @ Days Inn Hotel
Oct 29 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Catholic Charities Case Management for Migrants Program strives to help migrant families who are newly arrived in Washington, DC to make a smooth transition to permanent, stable housing and to connect with resources that will help them thrive.

In accordance with its contract with DHS, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington has been providing case management services for 100 families at the Days Inn and Hampton Inn shelter sites since early September. In late September, the contract was expanded to include case management for up to 200 families.

Impact of the volunteer:

  • The goal of the Fall Festival is to provide a day of culturally sensitive, family-friendly fall activities for migrant children and parents.
  • Volunteers’ presence will provide a sense of connectedness to the broader community outside the hotel where families are temporarily housed and will help the event run smoothly.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Face Painter: Volunteer will provide two hours of face painting for migrant children. Volunteers may opt to sign up for an additional two-hour face painting shift.
  • Greeter: Volunteer will provide a warm, welcoming presence at the entrance to the event or at event stations (e.g.-a food booth); volunteers’ will answer families’ questions or connect the family with a Catholic Charities or DHS staff member who can answer their questions.
  • Floater: Volunteer will take direction from Catholic Charities and DHS staff to respond to needs that arise during the event. Possible needs include volunteer relief (e.g.–temporarily covering for a volunteer taking a lunch break); crowd control; or food distribution.


  • Intermediate to native fluency in Spanish
  • A friendly, welcoming disposition
  • Comfort working in a dynamic, people-focused environment
  • Previous experience working with families and children
  • Ability to walk and to stand for significant periods of time (up to 1 hour)
  • For Face Painter volunteer role: painting ability, patience, and comfort working with children

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Social work, counseling, education, or human services experience
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Serving at the Fall Festival will give volunteers first-hand experience engaging in D.C.’s migrant response in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.
  • Volunteers will have the chance to work as part of a team and engage with various organizations, businesses, and government agencies that are committed to supporting migrant families.
  • For volunteers interested in improving their Spanish language skills, this role will provide the opportunity to practice Spanish in a “real world” situation.


  • Catholic Charities will provide a 30-minute online orientation the week before the event.
  • On-site volunteer support will be provided by Catholic Charities and DHS staff.

Time Commitment:

  • 10/28, 12:30-1:00: Availability for a 30-minute interview via Microsoft Teams
  • 10/29, 12:30-4:30: Available to arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time and stay for the entirety of the event


  • The event is in-person at the Days Inn Hotel, 2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • The event activities will take place indoors and outdoors.
  • Parking is available, and the site is also accessible by public transportation. To access the parking lot behind the hotel gate, volunteers can tell the security guard that they are helping with a DHS-sponsored event.

Event Projects Only – Resources:

  • Face painters should plan to bring their own painting materials or provide to Catholic Charities a list of materials needed no later than 10/26,

Next Steps (For Event Volunteers):

  • Complete an application by 10/27
  • Sign up for a shift (Don’t forget this step!)
  • Receive reminder email with details of orientation and event


Catholic Charities Gala 2023 @ Marriott Marquis
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm

Become a Sponsor

Catholic Charities Gala 2023 will honor Msgr. John J. Enzler’s 50th anniversary as a priest in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and his retirement as president and CEO. With the theme “An Everlasting Legacy,” the gala is chaired by Board of Directors Chair Emeritus Kevin Virostek and Mary Anne Virostek, and Steve and Joanne Virostek. Entertainment by 76 Degrees West.

Honoring a Legacy of Service by Father John


Child Development Center Summer Camp Begins @ Child Development Center at the Catholic Charities Education Center
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Child Development Center at Catholic Charities Education Center will be hosting a fun and interactive summer camp for children ages 4-10. Beginning June 20, young children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, water play activities, and arts and crafts.

Registration is still open but space is very limited. For more information and to register, please call (202) 281-2700.