Supporting CYO Requires a Bit More Effort

Write-in Campaign Replaces Check-off

Oct 8, 2017
For more information contact:
Christopher Werner,

It is a bit harder these days to donate to the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) through the United Way, but it can still be done.  It just requires a “write in” campaign.

For many years CYO was an easily designated choice on United Way pledge cards, but a few years ago, for unknown reasons, they were removed from the check-off section and relegated to write-in status.

“It is unclear why it happened,” says Christopher Werner, Executive Director, “but we adjusted and still receive support through the program.”  CYO “adjusted” by sending out notice to all interested citizens of the write-in campaign.  “It is a little more complicated,” says Werner, “however we are up to the challenge and remain grateful for the support we have from the community.”

To make a donation in support of CYO in this year’s United Way campaign, just look to the spot where you can write in a charitable organization and put in Catholic Youth Organization.  United Way will continue to make sure that support flows through them to the agency.  Should you wish to donate directly, there are various ways that can be done. For more information on other options, including small monthly giving, automobile donations, planned giving through estates or wills, or in-kind contributions email or head to

About Catholic Youth Organization

Since 1933 the Catholic Youth Organization has been enriching families and strengthening communities across Southeast Michigan with youth programs that embrace the love and example of Jesus Christ without regard to race, religion, or economic situation. 


CYO operates four main programs, athletics; youth leadership; spiritual scouting; and summer camps for boys and girls.  It is through these programs that the mission of CYO, “Mentoring today’s youth, empowering strong Christian leaders” will be accomplished.


For more information contact Chris Werner @  or 313-963-7172 ext.1