The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has awarded five Oregon organizations with its 2016-17 national grants.
The Archdiocese of Portland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development has also awarded its 2016 local grants to eight programs that strive to fight the root causes of poverty.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development funds programs in communities across the United States where people living in poverty join together to identify problems, make decisions, and find ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods.
These groups and activities reflect Catholic moral and social teaching on human life and dignity.
National Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants totaling $235,000 went to
Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good ($70,000) mentors and trains leaders of the Latino community to enable these new leaders to work collectively with members of their community, and in solidarity with others to work on the root causes of issues facing their members.
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon ($35,000) builds power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights by organizing communities, creating meaningful opportunity to influence Transportation, Housing, Land Use and Climate Policy, improving health and livability, and fighting historic inequality that its communities experience.
CCHD helps funds these efforts to build power through Bus Riders Unite, Portland’s transit-riders union, and OPAL's flagship program, and Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, building youth power.
Verde ($10,000) serves communities by building environmental wealth through Social Enterprise, Outreach and Advocacy. It’s based in the Cully neighborhood.
CCHD funds will assist to create a business plan to further the development of Verde Sews, a new social enterprise designed to meet the needs of low-income women of color in the Cully neighborhood, especially Latinas.
Local Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants totaling $35,000 went to
Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership ($5,000) empowers faith communities, farmers and neighborhoods to build rural-urban alliances and create innovative partnerships for just, sustainable, and healthful community food systems.
CCHD funds the Rockwood (East Portland) Farmers' Market Leadership Development Program with a focus on developing skills through focused promotion of the Rockwood Farmers' Market.
Knowing Me Ministries ($3,400) serves the needs of the poor, marginalized, and homeless people to help restore them to wholeness and to defend their human rights in the belief that they are created in the image and likeness of God.
The East Portland Vicariate (St. Henry, St. Rita, and St. Joseph the Worker) Social Ministry Network strengthens and encourages each other and to understand what each Parish has to offer; to train and mobilize leaders and volunteers to serve those experiencing homelessness; to help parishes develop a deeper understanding of and relationship to those sleeping outside; and to train the those suffering from homelessness to advocate for themselves
Outgrowing Hunger ($5,000) is a social enterprise that works with Bhutanese, Burmese, and Somalian refugees in East County. It increases the ability of low-income refugee individuals and families to obtain and consume fresh produce through development of neighborhood-based agricultural projects, while developing job skills.
The Refugee Youth Farm Program formalizes its economic and community development work into the new Refugee Youth Farm program, emphasizing the roles of High Schoolers as active contributors to their family and community success.
Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality ($5000) organizes in the Latino migrant community to develop meaningful parental involvement to increase the graduation rate for – and educational outcomes of – low-income and minority students in the Salem-Keizer School District.
CCHD funds Systems Change, an organizing effort to increase the diversity of the workforce that represents the students, and increase the effectiveness of teachers and staff to better serve students of color.
Unete, Center for Farm Worker Advocacy ($5,000) is the oldest Latino-led non-profit in the Rogue Valley. It is a volunteer-led movement of farmworkers and immigrants in rural Southern Oregon educating their community and advocating for worker rights, humane immigration policy, and full participation in the decision-making processes affecting their lives.
CCHD funds support the Voces Unidas Parent Organizing Project, enabling parents to advocate for their school-age children in the local school districts.