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The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good.  The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.

CCHD Local Grant Applications Released in Diocese of Cleveland


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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland is releasing the 2015 Local Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Grant applications including the “Local Youth and Young Adult Grant” and the “Local Community Grant.” The local grants include awards upwards of $5,000. We are also accepting nominations for the Fr. David Fallon awards, which include awards upwards of $500. CCHD provides funding to groups whose activities reflect Catholic moral and social teaching on human life and dignity; these groups work to change social structures and policies which undermine life and dignity, especially for the poor and powerless. The local grant applications and timeline can be found at the local CCHD website HERE .  The Fr. David Fallon Award application and timeline can be found at HERE. Contact Rachel Schmidt, CCHD Program Administrator, rschmidt@ccdocle.org, 440 366 1106 x12 for more details.


Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Cantú Urge Protection For Programs Serving The Poor And Vulnerable In Federal Budget

March 3, 2015-WASHINGTON—Decisions around the 2016 budget resolution should be measured against whether they protect human life and dignity, the poor and vulnerable and the common good, particularly workers and their families, said two U.S. bishops in a letter, February 27, to every member of Congress….

Cleveland Heights Council Establishes Fair Trade Zone 

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The city officially became a “Fair Trade Town” on Monday (March 16) as council threw its support behind a more fully-realized global economy.  In doing so, Cleveland Heights became only the second Fair Trade Town in the state, joining Dayton.  This was met with rejoicing by a delegation representing the Ohio Fair Trade Network, promoting a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers and the environment…..

Four National Catholic Publications Call for Ending to US Death Penalty

Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in ajointly published editorial.  America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor urged their readers, the U.S. Catholic community and people of faith to “stand with us and say, ‘Capital punishment must end,'” the editorial stated…

Catholic Commission of Summit County Hosts Two Cuyahoga County Judges to speak on death penalty recommendations in Ohio

February 26 – Holy Family, Stow – The Catholic Commission of Summit County hosted Judge Michael P Donnelly and Judge John Russo of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, February 26th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow. The two men shared their experience serving on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Death Penalty.  Both of them were members on this task force.  To see the entire presentation, click here.

Lorain County Commission Dinner

Pope St John Paul II Dinner Flyer 2014[1]

CRS Rice Bowl Article Jan 2014


CCHD Awards Luncheon Article

2014 Awards CCHD Luncheon Program