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Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection to return

The Diocese of Burlington again will participate in the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
 
The appeal will take place the weekend of Nov. 19, the weekend before Thanksgiving and the first ever World Day of the Poor; 25 percent of funds collected will remain in the Diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects, and the remainder is distributed nationally through grants.
 
There are more than 46 million people in the United States living in poverty, and this collection supports programs to empower local communities to address the challenges they face. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports those living in poverty across the country to identify and address the unique obstacles they face as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. “By supporting this collection, donors are giving those on the margins a hand up, not a hand out,” said Mary Beth Pinard, diocesan director of CCHD and executive director of Vermont Catholic Charities Inc.
 
CCHD supports grassroots organizations that work to bring permanent and positive changes to their communities through community development grants, technical assistance grants, economic development grants and national strategic grants.
 
Community development grants range from $25,000-$75,000 and work to nurture solidarity between people living in poverty and those who do not. Projects funded by these grants empower those living in poverty to identify and take action to change problematic systems and structures in their communities.
 
Economic development grants range from $25,000-$75,000 and support community-based organizations and businesses that create just workplaces, provide quality jobs and develop assets for low-income people. 
 
National strategic grants range from $200,000-$500,000 and fund projects that promote justice and economic development on a significantly larger scale.
 
Vermont has two organizations that have currently received national grants from CCHD: The Center for the Agricultural Economy and Vermont Interfaith Action.
 
The Diocese of Burlington participated in the national CCHD collection until 2010 when it instituted The Bishop deGoesbriand Appeal for Human Advancement to raise money to support local non-profit organizations that make a difference in the daily lives of Vermonters. That specific collection will not be taken.
 
 
 
 
 
Last modified onWednesday, 18 October 2017 15:16
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