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KOREAN AMERICAN RESOURCE & CULTURAL CENTER AWARDED $15,000
CCHD GRANT TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES FOR KOREAN AMERICANS

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 ) The Korean American Resource and Cultural Center was recently awarded $15,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help the area’s Korean American community. The CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago funds anti-poverty and social justice groups that serve seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled through their community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention.

The Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) works to empower Korean Americans across the area, a third who are small business owners, though advocacy, education and culture. “The $15,000 Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant will help the KRCC empower and educate our members, especially small business owners and low wage workers who are unsure about employment regulations, like minimum wage and worker's compensation requirements, " said Kat Choi, KRCC Interim Director. The grant will also help fund the newly created Workplace Justice Campaign to promote workplace collaboration between Koreans and Latinos.

With the support of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, this year’s CCHD collection will take place during the Masses celebrated at parishes in Cook and Lake counties the weekend of November 22 and 23. In 2007, over 95 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese participated in the collection that totaled over $900,000.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its purpose is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. For more than 30 years, the CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago has funded community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention to improve the lives of seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled in northeastern Illinois.

For more information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, including a complete listing of the organizations that received CCHD grants for 2008, please visit www.archchicago.org or contact Elena Segura at 312--5333 or esegura@archicago.org.

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