Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is Honored with Caritas Award

Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster presented the award to organizations and individuals who “provide help and create hope”.

MONTGOMERY, NY (April 17, 2023) – The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) recently received a 2023 Caritas Award presented by Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster at its 17th annual Celebration of Charity dinner.

The Caritas Awards are presented by Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster each year to organizations and individuals who exemplify the agency’s mission to provide help and create hope.

“We are grateful for strong community partners, like the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, who embrace our mission, embody the spirit of Caritas, and share in our commitment to creating brighter futures for our neighbors in need,” said Shannon Kelly, CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. “During the pandemic, the Community Foundation’s COVID grant program provided much-needed funding to help Catholic Charities, and so many other organizations, meet the growing and changing needs during extraordinary times. We are thankful for their support that helped us feed the hungry and provide baby supplies to families.”

“The Community Foundation launched the Orange and Sullivan COVID-19 Response Fund to issue grants to established nonprofit organizations providing front-line services to the most vulnerable populations,” said Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President and CEO. “We were honored to receive this award for our small part in helping Catholic Charities address immediate and longer-term needs of residents in Orange and Sullivan counties throughout the pandemic.”  

For more information and a full list of nonprofits supported by the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, visit

“In addition, the Fund for Women and Children, an initiative of CFOS and the Rowley Family Foundation, supported Catholic Charities with a grant for their Mom’s University Program, a startup program that strived to offer support and guidance to single mothers through safe and constructive dialogue and counseling,” added Rowley.

For more information about the Fund for Women and Children including a full list of 2022 grantees, please visit

Anderman Oil, Mount Saint Mary College and Dr. Walter Woodley, Institute for Family Health were also presented with Caritas Awards at the dinner held at The Kartrite Resort on March 23.

Catholic Charities touches the lives of those in need of care, hope, and help. Programs include prevention, treatment, and recovery support for those struggling from the disease of addiction. Assistance with food, shelter, and other social safety-net supports helps individuals and families with necessities of life. Detailed program information is available at