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The Archdiocese of Chicago Marks the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development with an Archdiocese-wide Collection to Fund Anti-poverty Programs

The collection to be held at Masses the weekend of November 21, 2020, will provide more than $780,000 in grants to nonprofits in Cook and Lake Counties

Chicago - (Nov. 20, 2020) – The 50th annual collection for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the U.S. Catholic bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, will be held at archdiocesan parishes the weekend of November 21-22, 2020. This national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s community and economic development grants and education programs for locally-based programs. Twenty-five percent of the funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects. In 2020/2021, CCHD will support 24 organizations in Cook and Lake counties with more than $780,000 in grants.

“For more than 50 years CCHD has spread Christ’s ministry by reaching out to marginalized communities with humble acts of service and giving,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago. “I am grateful for the dedication and generosity of our partners and donors who have improved countless lives here and across the nation by building communities of hope.”

CCHD recipients are community groups working to make changes at a local level by developing leaders and giving low-income people a voice in decisions that affect their lives, families and society. The grants are screened and awarded with the approval of Cardinal Cupich and focus on changing systemic inequities that keep people in poverty. They aim to effect economic and community development in marginalized communities; increase access to affordable housing; advocate for the rights of seniors, workers, immigrants and people with disabilities; build communities working for racial equity and justice; prevent violence and promote reconciliation; and respond to the injustices and hardships exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020-21 grant recipients in Chicagoland include the following organizations: 

  • Alliance for Community Services
  • Alliance of the Southeast
  • Arise Chicago
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos
  • Chicago Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers
  • Chicago Housing Initiative
  • Chicago Workers’ Collaborative
  • Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership
  • Communities United
  • Community Renewal Society
  • Co-op Ed Center
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
  • Lake County Sponsors
  • Latino Union
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization
  • ONE: Northside
  • Progress Center for Independent Living
  • St. Agatha Parent and Family Empowerment Initiative
  • South Side Community Federal Credit Union
  • Southside Together Organizing for Power 
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • United Power for Action and Justice
  • Working Family Solidarity

For more information about CCHD and the grant application process, please visit