For Immediate Release
June 27, 2012 Contact: Patricia Cole(571) 527-3244
Catholic Charities USA Quarterly Snapshot Survey Finds Resource LimitationsPrevent Local Agencies from Operating or Expanding Summer Youth Programs
94% of participating agencies would increase summer offerings if they had thecapacity
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), among the nation’s largest networks of human services
organizations, released the findings of its 2012 1st Quarter Snapshot Survey today, which found that
local Catholic Charities agencies would add or expand summer food and nutrition programs andacademi
c services if capacity weren’t an issue.
Unfortunately, local agencies report that a lack of resources is a barrier in communities throughout the country.The 44 agencies that participated in this survey serve more than 3.6 million clients, according to
2010 Annual Survey. Thirty-four percent of these agencies reported providing summer programs tomore than 9,500 children. Eighty-four percent identified resource limitations as a barrier that preventsthem from operating or expanding summer youth programs and services stating they would offer
academic services (58%) or summer food or nutrition programs (61%) if capacity weren’t an issue.
The summer months pose a huge concern for families with school-aged children that depend on foodprograms and after-school programs and services during the school year. According to the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture, hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process and alack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school beginsagain.
Similarly, the United States Department of Education has reported that children that don’t
participate in academic and enrichment programs during the summer months are more likely to sufferfrom a knowledge gap due to a loss of academic skills over the summer months putting them at agreater disadvantage than their peers when they begin the school year.
“It is through some miracle of love that local service providers such as Catholic Charities agencies are
able to meet the growing demands for their services, despite the scarce resources they have to work
with.” said Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. “This quarter’s findings
further illustrate the urgency that exists to find ways to better serve underserved communities in a
more financial sustainable way.”
Additional key findings include:
The majority of agencies reported an increase in requests for help relative to the previous quarterfrom the following populations: working poor (71%), families (65%), homeless (63%) and the middleclass (56%).
The greatest areas of unmet need continue to be in emergency financial assistance and utilitiesassistance, where 57 percent and 60 percent of agencies report wait listing or turning away clients,respectively.
Thirty-four percent of agencies were forced to close programs or cut back on service offerings.The online survey was distributed to CCUSA membership during April 2012 to measure programs andservices provided between January 1 and March 31, 2012. Responses were received from 44 CatholicCharities agencies in 27 different states who served approximately 3,636,528 clients in 2010. CatholicCharities USA and its network of local agencies served more than 10 million individuals in 2010.