By Catholic Review Staff
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development national collection is Nov. 17-18.
“Fight poverty. Defend human dignity” is this year’s theme.
The annual collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs.
“More than 46 million Americans live in poverty in the United States,” Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the CCHD, said in a statement. “With continuing unemployment and increasing costs of living, many families must make hard choices between necessities like health care, child care and even food.”
During a November 2011 collection for CCHD, $208,000 was raised in Archdiocese of Baltimore parishes. The 2012 grants awarded in the archdiocese totaled $263,000, $211,000 nationally and $52,000 locally.
The CCHD just announced a special $500,000 grant to Hurricane Sandy victims.