HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford has awarded local grants totaling $106,500 to five organizations for 2016-17, thanks to funding from the National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual collection conducted in the archdiocese on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Local grants were presented to the Brazilian Worker Center in the amount of $15,000; United Action Connecticut Inc. in the amount of $8,500; and St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Haven in the amount of $13,000.
National grants were given 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 such very crucial areas as 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.”
Lynn Campbell, archdiocesan director of the CCHD, expressed her gratitude to parishioners who contribute to the CCHD every year at Thanksgiving, and said that she hopes that their generosity will continue.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the CCHD in 1970 for the purpose of helping empower low-income people to address the root causes of poverty.
For additional information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development visit www.catholicsocialjustice.org