Promotion of vocations comes in many forms

We are pleased to introduce the newest member to join the diocesan team. Michelle Sandoval is the new manager of fundraising and grant writing. Michelle began in February and brings with her an extensive non-profit background. In addition to serving in positions of leadership with community groups such as parent-teacher organizations and sports booster groups, Girls Scouts, the Pueblo Continuum of Care (an association dedicated to serving the homeless and at risk populations of Pueblo), the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she has served on the boards of directors for the Pueblo Downtown Association, the Pueblo Rescue Mission and the Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC).

She is currently the president of the PCHC board, the board treasurer for the Colorado State Fair Fiesta committee and the chair of the finance committee for Holy Family Parish.

Her professional experience includes serving as the director/development director of the Pueblo Rescue Mission for five years and as the executive director of the Colorado State Fair Foundation for two years.
“I am thrilled to be able to put my skills and experience to work for the diocese,” she said. “I feel extremely blessed to have to opportunity to serve my church in both my work and my personal life.”

The manager of fundraising and grant writing is a new position. As the position and the department develop, you can expect to see additions to the diocesan website with regard to both fundraising needs and opportunities. While her initial focus will be to assess the current financial disparities of the diocese, she also anticipates developing a process by which each parish can submit information on their capital needs (buildings improvements, etc.) and program needs for funding consideration. She also aims to be a resource for information for all parishes in terms of fundraising and will serve as the point of contact for inquires to groups such as Catholic Extension, Catholic Home Missions, the Koch Foundation, etc. Her priorities are defined by the bishop’s priorities, some of which include strengthening families, youth ministry, and vocations. To that end, the fundraising department has already set in motion efforts to fund a prison ministry program, a leadership opportunity for some of our Catholic School educators, Youth Fest, seminary education and more. The overarching goals of the department are to shore up the funding gaps in areas where broader ministry is needed but budget shortfalls simply will not allow and to assist the diocese with operational needs wherever and whenever possible.

If you have general questions regarding fundraising in the diocese or would like to contact Michelle with respect to her fundraising and grant writing efforts, she can be reached at msandoval@dioceseofpueblo.org  or 719-544-9861 x1193.