The Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity & Justice

Providing Help & Creating Hope for New Yorkers in Need by Supporting Parishes and Community-based groups

The Campaign for Charity and Justice is an initiative run by Catholic Charities to revitalize, increase, and support works of charity and justice initiated by parish and community groups within the Archdiocese of New York.

It is a transformation and replacement of the annual CCHD collection and is taken up on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This year’s collection will take place on November 21-22.



Building a More Just and Compassionate Society

Funds raised through the Campaign provide grants to parish and community groups to further the social ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of New York. Awards are made to projects that are founded on the core Catholic belief in the dignity of each person, as made in the image of God, and seek to advance Catholic Charities' mission to build a more just and compassionate society.

“In this year’s message for World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis urged us to “stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 7:32).  He noted its heightened importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

I, myself, have seen hands being stretched out in the work of Catholic Charities in collaboration with parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese. This work of compassion has been particularly present in the poorest, most vulnerable and hardest hit communities.  Because the Church was there before the pandemic struck, we were able to respond quickly. I am pleased that in financial and food assistance provided, Catholic Charities so often partnered with our parishes and other community groups.  Pastors and parish volunteers knew the families who needed assistance, and helped provide it with dignity and respect.  On Sunday, November 22, we continue the collaboration between Catholic Charities and parishes and community groups through the 4th annual collection for Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity and Justice.  

-- His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

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Parish and Community Groups - Grant Program

The Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity and Justice provides grants to parish and community groups [link to Application page] to further the social ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of New York. Funds are awarded to projects that are rooted in our core Catholic belief in the dignity of every person as made in God’s image, and those projects that further the building of  a more just, and compassionate society.

In 2019, 43 grants were awarded to 29 parishes, and 11 community groups. See all 2019 Grant Awards.

Since 2017, 65 grants have been awarded to 34 parishes and 13 community groups. 

Featured 2019 Grantees

Grantee: St. Charles Borromeo, Resurrection/All Saint (SCBR)

Funded:  Parish-based racial justice project, food pantry assistance, and Emergency Cash Assistance Project (ECAP).

Purpose: Increase the parish’s commitment to explore, address, and change how racism impacts faith and action among Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Breonna Taylor’s murder, and subsequent efforts to expose and address institutional racism, our parishes seek to implement changes to eliminate the vestiges of racism within the Catholic Church.




Grantee:The Baby Outreach Center of the Church of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Newburgh, NY

Funded: Baby Outreach center that provides support and supplies to young families in need  including additional diapers and baby items, as well as  PPE, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Purpose: Distribution of diapers and hygiene kits, on a weekly basis, to the needy residents of Newburgh. The young family population living in poverty in Newburgh continues to grow and so has the need for all the essentials. In addition, they serve an elderly population who visit the center in need of hygiene kits and adult diapers. Catholic Charities has supported the outreach center through CCJ grants for the past 3 years, also additional diapers and baby items, and PPE during the pandemic. 





Grantee: The National Mobilization Against SweatShops (NMASS)

Funded: Provision of Emergency Cash Assistance  low-income and laid off workers who do not qualify for other forms of assistance, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purpose:multi-racial, multi-trade, membership-run and community-based workers' center that was founded in 1996. The Center  organizes workers—immigrants and citizens—against exploitation taking place in their workplaces, and the communities where they live. A majority of the workers are low-income and have health problems, as a result of  their working  conditions . This group of workers were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, given their existing health and living conditions  Many of those who received assistance are considered essential workers - such as home care workers and service workers. Others assisted were laid off during the pandemic, and ineligible to receive government benefits. 




Apply for a Catholic Charities Charity and Justice Grant

Learn more about the grants, grantees, and application process, including links to online application forms.

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