From Joliet, Illinois Patch:
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is attempting to address the problem of poverty by providing grants to self-help programs initiated and led by poor people. These groups help create sustainable jobs, preserve affordable housing, improve neighborhoods, and enhance opportunities for people so they can find a dignified way out of poverty.
CCHD is funded by Catholics who generously give in a once-a-year collection at their parishes.(more)
A quick reminder for those organizations who are applying for the “Make It Your Own Awards”, sponsored by the Case Foundation. The deadline is August 8. Quoting from the Case Foundation website, “We’re looking for inspired individuals and passionate teams who are connecting people to discuss what matters, find smart solutions, and take action. And we’re awarding grants up to $35,000 to help make it happen. If you’re ready to work with others to achieve lasting change, we want to hear from you”
If you need final information, go to:
The Make It Your Own Awards
This is also a good time to re-read the excellent “Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement”, written by Dr. Cynthia Gibson and commissioned by the Case Foundation. This paper formed the basis to the “Make It Your Own Awards” initiative. Dr. Gibson’s paper can be downloaded from:
Citizens at the Center