Named after Catholic Charities’ President and CEO, Monsignor John J. Enzler, the Enzler Society is a group of young individuals, ages 21-35 years old, who are dedicated to raising awareness about Catholic Charities’ mission and vital work as the most comprehensive and wide-reaching non-profit social services agency in the Washington, DC region through volunteer services and community networking.
What We Do
Our mission is to engage and encourage young professionals in the DC metro area to make a positive impact on the lives of those most in need.
We hope to provide opportunities for our members to contribute and grow. Where our members can see the value of their hard work and dedication.
One Saturday a month we work directly with the Youth Transitional Program (YTP)— A transitional shelter service that provides up to nine months of service to 24 homeless men between 18-24. In partnership with YTP we work with clients on professional development, financial literacy, help with job applications and resumes, and take the clients on outings around Washington, DC.
Throughout the year, we host donation drives, Christmas and Easter parties with YTP clients, and host quarterly networking events for our members.
The Enzler Society is always looking for new members-at-large to join our organization. Members also have the option of filling chair positions within the leadership committee throughout the year. Currently, we are recruiting for a Gala Chair and a Service Chair.
MEET THE CO-CHAIRS
Caitlin McNamara Chalke joined the Enzler Society in 2015 and has been a Co-Chair for almost two years. Caitlin is a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prepatory School (’03) and Loyola University Maryland (’07). She is the Director of Communications at Connelly School of the Holy Child and was previously a Vice President at 360 Public Relations working with consumer brands. Caitlin enjoys working for Catholic Charities to try to help those in need have a better life through the various programs this great organization offers.
joined the Enzler Society in 2017 and has been a Co-Chair for over a year. Margaret is from Chevy Chase, Md., and is a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (’10) and the University of Delaware (’14). She is the Director of Operations at an online news publication. Margaret enjoys sharing the Enzler Society’s story with young professionals and encouraging local businesses to realize the organization’s importance and get involved.
Alex Gangitano joined the Enzler Society in 2017 and became a Co-Chair this summer. Alex is from Potomac, Md., and is a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (’10) and Villanova University (’14). She is a congressional reporter. Her favorite part of being in the Enzler Society is working with the YTP clients and seeing them start jobs or school over time.
With a heavy heart, we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Catholic Charities Gala.
The gala is a time when we give thanks to our many donors and volunteers, celebrating their contributions to making our community stronger.
But the best interests of our donors, clients and employees require that we cancel the April 4 event. It’s the right thing to do, and it ensures we are following the District’s state of emergency response to the coronavirus.
With the public health crisis, the needs of the poor will only increase. This decision also allows us to focus on our clients. We are diligently working to ensure we can continue to meet their needs, while safeguarding the health of our employees.
We are considering alternate options, including rescheduling the gala. More information will be shared soon.
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