Catholic Campaign for Human Development

2015 CCHD posterThe Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out. (from the USCCB)

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Catholic? Interested In Fighting Poverty? Intern With The Catholic Campaign For Human Development (CCHD) In St. Louis!

The Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is looking for a practicing Catholic who is committed to social justice for its 2016-2017 internship program. The intern will work 10 hours a week from September-May and will receive $12/hr. Training for the CCHD internship will take place in Washington D.C. from June 1-3. Intern must be able to attend training. Costs for the training, including travel, are covered.

In partnership with the diocesan director, the intern will work to increase the capacity of the CCHD office, improving its effectiveness and outreach. They will promote the annual collection by building relationships with key parishes, clergy, and lay leaders; manage social media (Facebook, Twitter); and maintain the webpage. They will also meet with the grant-funded organizations to highlight their work through social media, blog posts, and newspaper articles. In the spring, the intern will assist the director and the CCHD committee in the grant-decision making process with both the national and local grants. They will also choose one or two funded organizations to work on a small capacity-building project.

Successful candidates should have strong writing, speaking, and social media skills, knowledge of editing Word Press or similar websites, good understandings of Catholic Social Teaching and the root causes of poverty, and experience in working with low-income and/or marginalized populations. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or similar design programs is a plus. Some fluency in Spanish is helpful. It will also be helpful if the intern has his or her own transportation.

Visit to learn more about CCHD and go to to apply. Applications are due Friday, March 18th. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview and will be notified if they are selected for the internship by April 15th. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Guzman at or 314-367-5500 x1128. 

CCHD Local Grants Application is Now Open!

New Applicants Can Apply for 2016-2017 Local CCHD Grants!

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. For more information on how CCHD grants are awarded, please click here.

CCHD St. Louis awards local grants to organizations that practice Solidarity, which means standing with and for those who are poor, and Subsidiarity, which means that the people who are living closest to the problem are the first ones to design solutions and work towards eradicating it.

To fill out the application, click here

The deadline to submit an application is December 15, 2015!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Rebecca Guzman, CCHD Intern, at or Msgr. Jack Schuler at

The CCHD Local Grants Program seeks to aid smaller, local organizations in the spirit of the CCHD national grants program.

What is CCHD?

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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. CCHD does this by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Click here for more information on the mission of CCHD.

CCHD PosterPrograms that assist those that are marginalized to speak out and improve their communities are funded by the generous support of Catholics in the United States. Each year, Catholics around the country donate to the annual CCHD collection, which is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Money raised from the collection is then distributed to community organizations to support their anti-poverty initiatives. To qualify for CCHD grant money, applicant organizations must not, in any way, support or promote activities that work against Catholic values. Grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded, and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. Click here to learn more about how collection funds are distributed to anti-poverty programs. 

This year, the collection to support CCHD will be held on November 21st and 22nd. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Together, we can make a difference both locally and nationally. Please donate prayerfully and generously.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "The Eucharist commits us to the poor" (#1397). The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity, calls us to right relationship with God, ourselves and others, and sends us on a mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world. The work of CCHD is an example of "Eucharistic" living. 

"To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus." - Pope Francis

From the USCCB website.

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