The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal (AHCA ), formerly the Archbishop’s Community Appeal (ACA), is an annual, volunteer-driven fundraising campaign which supports the work of Catholic Charities. This year the AHCA is led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the 2012 Chair-couple, Byron and Shannan Adams.
The AHCA has a long tradition in New Orleans. The Archbishop’s Community Appeal (ACA) was started in 1966 by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan in the wake of Hurricane Betsy and in response to the overwhelming needs of the poor in New Orleans. This year, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the Catholic Charities Board of Directors thought it most appropriate to rename this annual giving campaign in memory of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, its founder, as a way of honoring his life’s legacy of service to the poor in our community.
The focus of the campaign remains exactly the same – only the name has slightly changed. Now in its 46th year, the campaign raises funds for many of the same needs and challenges still facing our community. And we continue to count on our friends and supporters like you for the monies needed to fund the valuable programs of Catholic Charities.
In a world dramatically altered by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and most recently, Hurricane Isaac, our efforts remain the same: through housing, healthcare, education, and emergency response we are changing lives for the better.
Your donation to the AHCA ensures that Catholic Charities will continue to be a source of hope and refuge for the most vulnerable in our community. Post-Katrina, the programs of Catholic Charities touched the lives of over 700,000 people. With your support, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of those who most need it.