Thursday, March 19, 2015

Introducing. . .The Enzler Society

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Guest post from Kristen and Stephen Conley, Enzler Society Executive Committee Co-Chairs

We hope the mission of The Enzler Society is evident throughout this first blog post of ours, as we know it will be in April at the Catholic Charities’ Gala After Party.

Father John Enzler’s original concept behind “Young Professionals for Catholic Charities” was simple: to raise awareness about and add passion for Catholic Charities’ vital work among the young crowd.  While our age group (21-39) is typically trying to balance new ‘adult life’ challenges like graduating college, moving out on our own, getting married, purchasing a home for the first time, and/or starting to raise a family; hours in the day—or extra cash—are not things we always have plenty of to spare.  So, how do we share the news of Catholic Charities' great work and create simple, time—and cost-efficient—ways to give back?

Together with our fellow founding members we are working hard to figure it out.  We have recently implemented new committees which will each focus on our growing society’s goals: building our membership, generating awareness, increasing our service opportunities, and sustaining a viable budget.

Our First Service Success
The Holiday Party for the YTP residents was an 
evening of good food, conversation and gifts. 
True Christmas spirit!
We are excited to share that our very first holiday party for the Youth Transitional Program, a nine-month transitional housing program for men ages 18-24, was a huge success in December. Members donated items - from toiletries to sweatshirts to gift cards - and made sure every YTP resident had a Christmas gift to open.This is something we hope to do now for years to come.

Members brave the cold to help bag potatoes!
To kick off the Lenten season, our Service Committee organized a group of volunteers bag food at the SHARE warehouse in preparation of its monthly distribution of affordable food packages to local families. This is another project we will be looking to repeat frequently.

The Enzler Society has also committed to providing baked goods to St. Maria’s Meals one Wednesday a month for the rest of the year so that the men and women being served can enjoy homemade desserts. Our Founding Members look forward to incorporating a Cup of Joe service project into each in-person meeting we have.

After party-goers snap this photo from last year's event.
See You in April!

In the meantime, we are currently planning our biggest and best Catholic Charities’ Gala After Party to date. Our After Party Committee is busy generating buzz about the event, securing incredible raffle prizes, determining the perfect signature cocktail, late-night buffet options, and more—ensuring it will truly be a night to remember. 

We’ll plan to see you April 25th! Until then...

On behalf of each founding member, we thank you for your support in The Enzler Society. Given our namesake, we have major shoes to fill and big places to go and we look forward to gaining your participation along the way. 

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