Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. is the Diocesan Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for the Diocese of Nashville. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Through public education efforts and grants CCHD works to address poverty. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
Founded in 1969, CCHD's pastoral strategy is empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading toward solidarity between poor and non-poor as impelled by the Church's biblical tradition, modern Catholic social teaching and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment. The grants, economic development, and education for justice programs of the Campaign, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, are supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes.
This year's local grant recipients are Worker's Dignity Project and NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope).
Education and outreach is also a component of Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
The Youth Arts Contest is an annual event that helps inform Catholic youth in the Diocese of the issue of poverty and allows them to create a positive artistic response. Last year's theme was Be a Disciple! Put Two Feet of Love in Action.
To learn more about the CCHD, please visit their website.