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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.


CRS Rice Bowl 2015

40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box.  40 years later, CRS Rice Bowl is your way to help our brothers and sisters in need each Lent. CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.

Learn more about Lent and CRS Rice Bowl.

International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

The first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking is on Feb. 8, the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan. After becoming a religious sister, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting those who suffer. On Feb. 8, you can help raise awareness and act to end the violence and injustice that affect victims of modern-day trafficking. A flyer, sample intentions, and the Become a SHEPHERD Toolkit, from USCCB Migration and Refugee Services, are available here. You can also use #SlavesNoMore on Twitter to let others know how your community is responding.

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