Four organizations located in the Rochester Diocese were recently awarded national grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which will conduct its annual parish collection in this diocese in September.
The recipients are City Roots, which works to bring low-income people into home ownership in Rochester; Refugees Helping Refugees, which helps empower refugees in Rochester to understand their rights as tenants; Alianza Agricola, a farmworker organization educating its members about their legal rights; and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, which organizes low-wage workers in seeking fairer working conditions.
This year’s diocesan CCHD campaign will be taken up in parishes the weekend of Sept. 19-20, according to Laurie Konwinski, CCHD director for the Diocese of Rochester. Donations also may be made by mailing a check or money order, payable to the campaign, to Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Office of National Collections, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, PO Box 96278, Washington, DC 20090-6278.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of CCHD, which was established by the nation’s Catholic bishops to fund community organizations that work toward systemic change by getting at the roots of poverty and injustice.