West Virginia Diocese: Second collections earmarked for Catholic Campaign for Human Development

CHARLESTON — Second collections taken at all parishes in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22, will benefit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Monies raised from these collections allow Catholic Charities West Virginia to facilitate the awarding of grants to nonprofit corporations in West Virginia with missions to reduce poverty. In addition to making a donation at parishes this weekend, donors may also send a check to their parish with the notation “CCHD” in the memo line.

Catholic Charities affects the root causes of poverty and partners with groups aligning with Catholic social teaching. It has awarded nearly 8,000 grants nationwide promoting self reliance to end poverty.

Projects improve lifestyles and promote financial stability through fair housing, education, accessible health care and childcare and vocational training. Often projects are created and managed by people with low incomes.

“Working with CCHD gives us the opportunity to learn about attacking poverty from every angle,” Susan Hollis, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese director of Catholic Charities, said. “How do we fight poverty? It is not one thing, but a web of choices and opportunities that each person has to work within.”

The answer could be a job, a steady place to live, a better diet and exercise, basic equal rights or seeking mental health help, she said.

“More likely it is a combination of things,” Hollis said.

Catholic Charities is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

“CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out,” Hollis said.

The charity identifies and addresses obstacles people face as they lift themselves out of poverty.

In the past, grantee Try This WV, a statewide grassroots movement, tries to knock West Virginia off the top of the worst health lists, community-by-community. It also enables local groups to make positive changes in communities.

Another grantee, Coalfield Development, inspires growth and creativity to innovate and cultivate communities of opportunity in central Appalachia.


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