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TWO LAKE COUNTY GROUPS AWARDED $50,000 BY
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )- Lake County United and the Illinois Hunger Coalition were awarded $50,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of Lake County. 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.

Lake County United will use its $40,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to help fund the Waukegan Education Improvement Plan. According to Rev. Melissa Earley, pastor of Living Faith United Methodist Church in Waukegan, "Dropout rates at Waukegan High School are estimated at fifty-percent and are even higher among African Americans and Latinos. Funding from the CCHD will support Lake County United’s work to increase the number of teenagers in Waukegan who complete high school and continue on to college.”

The Illinois Hunger Coalition received a grant of $10,000 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to continue to educate, organize and advocate to eliminate hunger and poverty across Cook and Lake counties. In the first half of 2008, an excess of Latino borrowers in Lake County faced home foreclosures. According to Diane Doherty, Executive Director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition, “The Latinos Organized for Justice Project coordinated a forum on the sub-prime lending crisis, where we educated the families of immigrants about the ways they can work with mortgage companies in order to save their homes. The project also informed policymakers about the way the economy is impacting hard-working families.”

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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