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Chicago, IL (November 10, 2008) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to help strengthen families and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. This important work is made possible by donations from Catholic parishioners who are being asked to be as generous as possible this Thanksgiving season with their financial gifts to the annual CCHD collection the weekend of November 22 and 23. In 2007, ninety-five percent of Archdiocesan parishes participated in the CCHD collection.

In a letter to Archdiocesan parishioners, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, said, “Your contribution to the CCHD’s collection enables the poor to achieve greater dignity and to build God’s kingdom of justice and peace today.” The Cardinal also informed parishioners that one hundred percent of the CCHD budget comes from individual donations.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been working to address the root causes of poverty for over 37 years. Donations last year to the CCHD provided a record $520,000 in grants that funded twenty-one social justice organizations working in Cook and Lake counties on issues that include housing, immigrant and worker rights, people with disabilities, seniors, violence prevention, education, environmental issues and economic development.

Recently the CCHD awarded funds to the following groups and organizations:

  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, $20,000 for education issues
  • Centro Communitario Juan Diego, $25,000 for economic development
  • Centro Trabajadores Unidos, $5,000 in technical assistance
  • Chicago Worker’s Collaborative, $50,000 for workers’ issues
  • Community Organizing for Family Issues (COFI), $35,000 for education issues
  • Community Renewal Society, $15,000 for seniors’ issues
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition, $10,000 for immigrant issues
  • Inner-City Muslim Action Network, $20,000 for violence prevention
  • Interfaith Leadership Project, Cicero, $30,000 for immigrant issues
  • Korean American Resource & Cultural Center, $15,000 for workers’ issues
  • Lake County United, Waukegan, $40,000 for housing issues
  • Lakeview Action Coalition, $15,000 for housing issues
  • Latino Union of Chicago, $20,000 for workers’ issues
  • Little Village Environmental Justice, $35,000 for environment issues
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association, $40,000 for housing issues
  • Northwest Neighborhood Federation, $35,000 for violence prevention issues
  • Progress Center for Independent Living, Forest Park, $20,000 for disability issues
  • San Lucas Workers Center, $15,000 for workers’ issues
  • South Suburban Action Conference, Harvey, $10,000 for immigration/housing issues
  • Southwest Organizing Project, $35,000 for violence prevention issues
  • TARGET Area Development Corporation, $30,000 for violence prevention issues

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago are again being asked to give generously to the CCHD collection in their parish. Individuals who do not have a parish affiliation but wish to contribute to the CCHD, or for additional information, can contact Elena Segura, Director, CCHD, 155 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, 312--5333,

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