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.
NEWS & EVENTS
Bishop William M. Cosgrove Awardee Announced
The 2015 recipient of the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Justice Award is Terri Heckman, CEO of the Battered Women’s Shelter for Summit and Medina Counties. Terri has worked with victims of crime in the Akron community for more than 30 years and is a recognized leader in Ohio in addressing domestic violence, rape, and abuse. Also being honored with Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Awards are Andy Truax, biology teacher at Walsh Jesuit High School and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Mantua, Medical Mission to Honduras from Holy Family in Stow, and Serving Christ Through His Poor El Salvador Mission from St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn. The Youth Justice Award recipient is Julia Nouse, a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School and a member of St. Sebastian Parish in Akron. The awards will be presented at the 37th Annual Bishop William M. Cosgrove Justice Dinner and Silent Auction on December 4th at St. Matthew Parish in Akron. Click Here for Details.
CRS Scales Up Response to Migrant Crisis
Conflicts, civil strife and economic condition in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have dramatically increased the flow o frefugees and economic migrants to Europe. As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, a combination of desperation and hope is leading growing numbers of Syrians to attempt an extremely perilous journey toward Europe. harrowing stories have emerged of death, starvation and abuse at the hands of people smugglers. In 2015 alone, some 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach European shores. LEARN MORE HERE
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European Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do To Help
As the refugee and migrant crisis grows in Europe, Catholic Relief Services and our partners like Caritas are there on the ground, providing assistance to families in need. As the difficult images fill the news, many people and parishes have asked what they can do to help. Here are seven tangible actions you can take to make a difference in the lives of people who have left their homes behind due to violent and difficult situations. Read More