For more than 50 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has supported organizations that combat poverty and improve the lives of people in communities across the United States. From empowering immigrants in towns along the southern border to advocating for improved
housing and educational opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, CCHD-funded groups tackle a wide range of economic and social justice challenges that affect local communities in rural and urban areas. In areas of Tennessee where coal-mining operations and landfills have caused water pollution and other environmental damage, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) works with governments and regulatory agencies to limit hazardous waste disposal in landfills and to require environmental cleanup as part of the permitting process for new business operations. Environmental damage affects all of us, most especially low-income people who are affected by water pollution resulting from mineral extraction, lack of access to healthy foods in urban “food deserts,” and natural disasters caused by climate change. The Church teaches that “the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, no. 95). Since the release of Laudato Si’ in 2015, CCHD has invested more than $4.3 million in organizations that work to protect the environment and combat pollution. When you support CCHD, you support organizations that work to protect the air, soil, and water for all the members of their communities.To learn more about the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the way CCHD upholds the moral and
social teachings of the Catholic Church, visit www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
This year's collection is the weekend before Thanksgiving! Donate in your Parish or Online!