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Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $10.3 Million; Less than $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal

With only six weeks remaining before the close of the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,313,211 in cash and pledges, representing 95 percent of its $10.8 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $486,789 still needed in order to reach the final goal by June 30.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, said the Appeal team is grateful for all the support Western New Yorkers have shown so far. He also encouraged those who have not yet donated – or are in a position to give a little more – to please do so.

Does Your Nonimmigrant Status Require an Employment Authorization Document?

Does Your Nonimmigrant Status Require an Employment Authorization Document?

 

U.S. employers must check to make sure all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are authorized to work in the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you may still be eligible for employment authorization.

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All

 

The U.S. Department of State announced the 2015 winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program on May 1, 2014. More than 100,000 hopeful U.S. immigrants were selected to have the chance to obtain a green card. However, the title “winner” may not be so fitting here. Those selected for the Diversity Visa Program may be unaware that they are not guaranteed a green card.

There are certain requirements the “winners” must be able to meet in order to receive their green card. For example, the principal applicant must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education, or two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

 

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a plan to increase the number of border agents. In fact, several million dollars have been added to the 2014 fiscal budget that will result in the hiring of more than 2,000 additional border agents nationwide. This change is part of a long-standing push to increase border security and efficiency.  

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new books by Western New York authors, “Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre” by Dr. Michael S. Albert and “The Boundless Open Sea: Essays at the Intersection of Zen and Critical Theory” by Dr. Bradley Kaye.

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the country, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Daemen College’s annual commencement ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Catsimatidis oversees holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets with investments in both medical and industrial technology. His companies post annual sales of approximately $5 billion. With more than 8,000 employees, he is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.