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In Another Pandemic Year, Rising to Meet Challenges

Richard Espinal has been overseeing Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York’s pop-up vaccination events at local parishes. Amir Hamja for The New York Times

Charitable organizations supported vaccination efforts, prioritized mental health and enabled communities to receive services as the struggles of Covid-19 continued.

THE NEEDIEST CASES FUND in Partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

This year, some beneficiary organizations also turned their attention to helping distribute Covid-19 vaccines. In February, one of those groups, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, offered a pop-up vaccination event at the Betances Houses in partnership with the Bronx Rising Initiative and the Morris Heights Health Center.

Since then, the organization has continued to help with pop-up vaccine sites throughout the city, mainly at affordable housing sites connected with Catholic Charities and local parishes. Catholic Charities works with the Community Healthcare Network, which secures and distributes the vaccines. Richard Espinal, the director of housing support services and parish and community engagement, has been overseeing the effort.

“I’m almost like the carnival barker, letting folks know that we’re here and they can come get vaccinated,” Mr. Espinal said.

“We’re dealing with a community and a population that has a lot of underlying health conditions,” he said. Because of disparities in health care, he tries to be there to reassure New Yorkers.

Children’s Aid, another beneficiary agency, has also been working to bolster vaccinations in New York. Through a partnership with the NYC Health + Hospitals, the organization has provided testing and vaccine distribution across the city.

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Catholic Charities is among 10 beneficiaries supported by the The Fund’s 110th annual campaign.

The Fund began in 1912, when The Times’s publisher, Adolph S. Ochs, sent a journalist to report about those facing hardship and receiving help from social services agencies in New York City. The goal was to publish 100 stories. The short articles struck a chord with readers, who donated about $3,600. Since then, The Times has worked with nonprofit organizations each year and has raised over $320 million in total, which has been distributed not just to organizations in the city, but also domestically and internationally.