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Campaign for Human Development Collection

A second collection will be taken up next weekend for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. There are over 46 million people in the United States living in poverty, and this collection supports programs to empower local communities to address the challenges they face. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports those living in poverty across the country to identify and address the unique obstacles they face as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. In addition, 25 percent of funds collected will remain in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. By supporting this collection, you are giving those on the margins a hand up, not a hand out. Please be generous. Below is more information about the work of CCHD.

Posted on September 10, 2017

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About CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an instrument of the Catholic Church working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, " ... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4: 18)
Established in 1970 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCHD has a two-fold mandate:


• To help low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, their families and communities.
To provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.
This dual strategy of "helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves" and "education for
economic justice" reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.

CCHD invests in the dignity of people living in poverty. Programs funded by CCHD support selfsufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent and positive change to their communities.

Our philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation. By assisting the poor in participating in the decisions and actions that affect their lives and communities, CCHD "helps people help themselves" to move beyond poverty.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection. CCHD's grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is an initiative of the Ur1ited '.:;tates Conference of Cathoiic Bishops (USCCB). For more information on how USCCB is working to fight against global poverty, read more about Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Copyright © 2012 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Please visit our website at www.povertyusa.org

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