GW Athletics, Catholic Charities Present Community Service Night on Nov. 26

Nov. 20, 2012

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WASHINGTON - George Washington Athletics and Recreation is partnering with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to present Community Service Night as the Colonials men's basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary's at the Charles E. Smith Center on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.

"It's an honor for us to be a Community Partner with the George Washington University," said Msgr. John Enzler of Catholic Charities. "In our mission to serve the poor and vulnerable across the region, every partner makes the difference in helping a family put food on the table or give a warm bed to someone sleeping on the streets. I am truly thankful for the George Washington University's commitment to help Catholic Charities serve everyone living in need or crisis."

As part of its mission to "strengthen the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts," Catholic Charities is leading the Joseph's Coats of Many Colors Drive which benefits Joseph's Closet at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Southeast D.C. Joseph's Closet provides D.C.'s homeless a place to purchase a coat and other cold-weather clothing of their preferred look and size for just a few dollars, allowing them to have ownership of their clothing.

Aligning with their mission to give back to the greater D.C. area through community service, GW student-athletes will help collect coats, hats and gloves for the Joseph's Coats of Many Colors Drive at three collection areas in the Smith Center during Monday's game against the Mount - the Box Office and Will Call area, Colonials Club and student entrance.

"I was raised Catholic and attended three Catholic schools in the D.C. area - St. Pius X, Archbishop Carroll High School and the Catholic University of America - so this partnership with Catholic Charities is of particular importance to my family and I," said GW men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan. "Greater than any religious affiliation though is the need to give back to those in need, especially right here in the district and throughout the Metro area. We're happy to host this worthy cause at one of our home games and hope our fans and students will join my family and I in donating to this worthy cause."

Also as part of the partnership, Catholic Charities will be distributing a limited quantity of branded thermoses to fans at Monday's game.

Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive and wide-reaching private social services agency in the Washington, DC region, with offices in the district and Maryland counties of Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's. With 63 programs and more than 800 dedicated employees and thousands of volunteers, Catholic Charities reaches more than 120,000 men, women and children of all economic, religious and cultural backgrounds every year. Catholic Charities provides shelter, food and housing, helps find jobs, provides health care to the uninsured and isolated, serves those with mental illness, gives opportunity to those with disabilities, and gives access to justice to families in need. If you want to get involved in work with Catholic Charities, visit