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CCHD collection in parishes Nov. 17/18 supports Church's anti-poverty programs

CCHD 2018 graphic: Elderly woman with cookies on baking sheetCatholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD): Working on the Margins 

Read Bishop Walkowiak's letter to parishioners 

More than 46 million Americans live below the poverty line. Many are working poor, struggling to better their lives and meet their needs and those of their families. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development  stands alongside poor and low-income people helping to create permanent solutions to poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. Catholics across our country are part of the solution to help break the cycle of poverty. 
The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), a national anti-poverty program of the Church, will be held in our parishes the weekend of November 17/18, on the celebration of the second annual World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis.
The efforts of the CCHD are supported almost entirely through this collection. Your contribution, made at whatever level you're able to, will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Thank you for your generosity!  

Keeping it local

Twenty-five percent of the funds collected in our parishes through CCHD each year is retained by our diocese for local grants to organizations within our community. Learn about how these funds are being used in our diocese. 

 How CCHD is helping to address the root causes of poverty



About the video above: The Chicago Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the Archdiocese of Chicago's anti-poverty program. Founded in 1970, Chicago CCHD's mission is to address the root causes of poverty in the Archdiocese through grants and education programs. Chicago CCHD seeks to promote a more just society, one in which all people, but especially the poor, are empowered to participate fully in society.

About the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and its mission

Throughout its history, the CCHD collection and CCHD grantees have at times been subject to criticism originating from a misperception of CCHD’s mission. As a means of setting the record straight, we offer the following information and resources from the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development:

As the official anti-poverty agency of the Catholic bishops in the United States, the CCHD is accountable to them and operates at the highest levels of fidelity to Church teaching, integrity, and transparency in its mission to provide critical support to poor persons. In 2010-11, the bishops and CCHD officials conducted an in-depth investigation of how and to whom monies collected through the CCHD were being distributed. Their review led to the release of a 15-page document entitled “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development,” which affirmed the CCHD mission statement, but also added new layers of screening to ensure grant recipients’ adherence to Catholic teaching. Read more here.
Each grantee is required to uphold the highest standards of accountability and conformity with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. If a group commits offenses against Catholic moral teaching, the grant qualification is rescinded. CCHD monitors grant recipients through a reporting process in cooperation with grantees’ local dioceses. Only groups that have received formal approval from the local bishop may receive a CCHD grant. For more information, please click here
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.


Maggie Walsh, Associate Director of Mission Advancement, Social Justice and Project Rachel - or 616-340-1824