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With more than 80 programs serving more than 160,000 Marylanders each year, Catholic Charities relies on the generosity of more than 22,000 volunteers who serve thousands of hours every year to help us fulfill our mission of improving the lives of Marylanders in need. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and groups of all faiths and ages. We work with volunteers to find opportunities that match your skills, talents and interests. Explore the various ways you can make a difference in someone’s life. Many of our volunteer opportunities are suitable for earning service hours for school or for exploring careers in public service.

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Volunteer Stories


from left to right: Harry Wacke, Cris Marchiori, Tony Ferrante and Mike Thewes of Knights of Columbus Council #14099, and Tony's wife Anne Marie

Cris Marchiori

Service is core to Cris Marchiori – service to his country and service to those in need. A first-generation Italian American, Cris decided to give back to his country by joining the armed forces.

“I am blessed to have been born here in the U.S.,” he said. “My parents came here from Italy, and they knew what it was like to have nothing.”

He enlisted in the Air Force, becoming a security policeman assigned in North Dakota, and was later accepted into the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Cris was recently promoted to the rank of colonel.

After several overseas deployments – including one to Afghanistan – the Chicago native returned to the U.S. in 2011, settling in Maryland and working at Fort Meade. Around that time he joined the Knights of Columbus at his parish, Resurrection of Our Lord, in Laurel. “I wanted to do something with the community,” he said.

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