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Letter: Catholic Charities does much

I am responding to the letter "Catholic Charities and gov't funding" [Sept. 16]. The writer doubts that the good works of Catholic Charities would exist to any real extent if taxpayers' money were not "shoveled" into its activities.

Certainly, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre works in partnership with numerous public agencies. The government contracts with us because of our fiscal excellence, accountability, transparency and the results we deliver. We enter into the agreements to reach more people in need. But in my years of experience on the board, I have never witnessed the "shoveling" the writer cites.

In fact, we most often supplement funds to meet contract requirements and, importantly, our own standards of care, which recognize and affirm the human dignity of each of the people we serve. I invite Newsday readers to visit to learn more about what we do on Long Island every day.

The many good works of Catholic Charities ministries are simply dwarfed by those of Long Island's Catholic parishes, their small staffs and their many volunteers. They too provide an amazing range of services to 43,000 people each month. They serve Long Islanders of every religion or none at all. And they do it without public funding.

Donna Hewitt Romer, East Williston