Catholic Charities is pleased to be one of the 100 local non-profit organizations Siouxlanders can support through the Siouxland Big Give on October 6.  This is the third annual, 24-hour online giving event organized by the Siouxland Community Foundation allowing Siouxlanders to support their favorite local charities.

This year, dollars raised for Catholic Charities during the Siouxland Big Give will cover therapy costs for Siouxland children and teens needing mental health services when their family qualifies for our sliding-fee scale, which is based on the federal poverty guidelines. If there is financial need, families are offered Charity Care Dollars to cover the what they cannot afford. There are times Catholic Charities provides counseling with no cost to a family.

This project was selected because, more than ever, young people are needing counseling for mental health concerns brought on or enhanced by Covid-19, such as from social isolation, school disruptions, parent’s marital issues, abuse, pornography addiction, behavioral issues, fear of uncertainty, anxiety about getting sick and grieving the death of loved ones.

Even though some insurance co-pays have been waived throughout the pandemic, furloughs and job eliminations have led to lost insurance coverage and lost income for many families, decreasing their ability to pay for needed mental health care.

Gift can be made at siouxlandbiggive.org or by Venmo using “Siouxland Big Give @siouxlandcommunityfoundation” and Catholic Charities in the note section.

2020 Siouxland Big Give resources will assure help for all children and teens who need it to keep families, schools and our Siouxland communities healthier and safe!