The mission of Catholic Charities agencies is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Unlocking the POWR of Volunteers
In the midst of an economic downturn in 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the “Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees” (POWR) program, offering $2.2 million to 41 dioceses. Over the past three years about half of Catholic Charities refugee resettlement programs have received funding from the POWR program. At a time when marginalized populations receive more negative press and NGOs find it difficult to recruit volunteers, the USCCB’s innovative program has had tremendous success in parish and community volunteer recruitment. This webinar presentation introduces the POWR program, reflects on lessons learned over the past three years, and will provide application information for the next funding cycle.
Daniel Sturm is Special Projects Manager at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services. From 2007-10 he was a National Trainer for RefugeeWorks, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s National Center for Refugee Employment and Self-Sufficiency. Prior to joining RefugeeWorks, Mr. Sturm worked as a journalism professor and full-time reporter for regional and national media in the U.S. and in Germany. Mr. Sturm holds a Master’s degree in Literature, Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen. He is an alumnus of the German Bishops’ Conference Distinguished Journalism School (“Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses”) in Munich, Germany.