FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2016
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2016-2017 National and Local Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants Announced
For 2016-17 the Archdiocese of Hartford has awarded local grants totaling $106,500 to five organizations, thanks to funding from the National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which is an annual collection taken up in the Archdiocese on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Local grants were presented to: Brazilian Worker Center, Bridgeport, in the amount of $15,000; United Action Connecticut, Inc., Plainville, in the amount of $8,500; and St. Rose of Lima Church, New Haven in the amount of $13,000.
National grants are also made, and these were presented to the Naugatuck Valley Project in the amount of $30,000, and United CT Action for Neighborhoods in the amount of $40,000.
To receive a CCHD grant, an organization must benefit people living in poverty, and those people must have a dominant voice in the organization. The organization must demonstrate both the intention and capacity to work effectively toward the elimination of the root causes of poverty and to enact institutional change. Its philosophy and mission must be consonant with Catholic moral teaching.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair said the CCHD makes a difference by helping people in very crucial areas like employment, housing, health care, and education.
According to the Archbishop, donations to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development “are at the service of the corporal works of mercy… and help build up a society in which people can have a voice and can have a healthy sense of their inherent dignity.”
Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Lynn Campbell said she wants to thank parishioners who contribute to the CCHD every year at Thanksgiving, and hopes that their generosity will continue.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established the CCHD in 1970 for the purpose of helping empower low-income persons to address the root causes of poverty.
For additional information on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development visit www.catholicsocialjustice.org.