Catholic Campaign for Human Development – CCHD

I am here to endorse the CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CCHD), one of the major projects of the Catholic Church, helping people to take responsibility for their lives and giving them a way out of poverty. By helping CCHD, we can help them help themselves.”

  —  The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through the promotion and support of community-controlled self-help organizations. To learn more about the work of the USCCB to combat poverty, visit CCHD online at

Founded in 1969, CCHD follows the pastoral strategy of empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading towards solidarity between poor and non-poor. This is a stance impelled by the Church’s biblical tradition, modern Catholic Social Teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry of justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.

The diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) office is seeking a part-time, paid intern to assist the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator in promoting the work of CCHD and in assisting parish leaders to engage their fellow parishioners to become more active in social ministry, especially in the area of legislative advocacy. To view the full internship job description, Click Here

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps break the cycles of poverty and injustice in communities throughout the East Bay. In this video, some of the East Bay CCHD grant recipients tell their stories of empowerment and transformation, and Bishop Michael Barber offers a strong endorsement of CCHD.

                                           Original Version

                                        Three Minute Version


At the annual CCHD Grant Awards Luncheon, we present grants to organizations located in the Diocese of Oakland which are doing community organizing or economic development projects with low-income people to empower them to improve their lives, their economic status and build a more just community. The gathering is an opportunity to honor the groups for the inspiring work they are doing as well as to recognize people who have made important contributions to the community.

This year’s luncheon held on October 5, 2018, at St. Columba Parish Hall in Oakland, honored 12 local non-profit organizations. They received funds for a variety of activities from advocating for construction of tiny houses for homeless youth to empowering immigrants to fight against new restrictions on their rights to provide on the job training in sustainable agriculture for low-income residents. For more information on the organizations funded this year, please see CCHD GRANT RECIPIENTS below.

The luncheon also honored Emma Paulino, Senior Organizer with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), with a Community Leadership Award, and featured Ali Saidi, Deputy Public Defender of Contra Costa County, as guest speaker. Bishop of Oakland, Michael Barber, S.J., was also in attendance.

CCHD aids 12 groups with $240,000

Please view the highlights of the luncheon in the photos and videos below.

2019 Photos

2018 Photos



CCHD ANNUAL COLLECTION: November 23-24, 2019
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Annual Collection is always held the weekend before Thanksgiving, which this year is November 23-24, 2019. This collection, taken up in the Oakland Diocese and in all dioceses throughout the country, provides the funds for CCHD grants.

The CCHD Local Committee and the CCHD national office have created some excellent parish resources to help promote the collection, including homily helpers, bulletin announcements, colorful flyers and the CCHD video highlighting some local projects funded by CCHD. Except for the CCHD video, which can be found near the top of this page, please go to the links below to access these resources.


Parish Resource Guide/ Self-mailer Parish Resource Guide / Self-mailer
Bulletin Insert English | Español
Bulletin Announcements English | Español
Intercessions English | Español
Prayer Card English | Español
Pulpit Announce English | Español
Speaker’s Guide English | Español
 Audio Resources English | Español

Donate to CCHD
If you missed your parish’s CCHD collection or if your parish did not take up the collection, it is still possible to donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the Diocese of Oakland. Please make out a check or money order to Catholic Charities of the East Bay and be sure to write “For CCHD” in the memo line. Then send it to:

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
c/o Catholic Charities of the East Bay
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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CCHD Grant Recipients
During 2019 in the Diocese of Oakland, the Catholic Campaign 4 Human Development funded eleven (11) organizations from around the diocese. Four (4) of these groups received national grants (large grants ranging from $25-$75,000). The remaining seven (7) groups received local grants (small grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000).

The 2019 national and local grants combined totaled $255,000. To download a list of the most recently funded organizations as well as those funded in previous years, please go to the appropriate link below.

Apply for a CCHD Local Grant
Your non-profit may be eligible for a local grant this year from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. To learn more, download our CCHD Local Grant Guidelines and applications below.

The deadline for submission is Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

For more information about the Local Grants and/or to apply, please download the documents below: (Download and save PDF before filling out the form. To digitally sign, fill out the form using Adobe Acrobat.)

For more information, please contact Marc McKimmey at (510) 768-3176, or by e-mail at The local office of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is located at:

                                              Catholic Charities of the East Bay
                                              433 Jefferson Street
                                              Oakland, CA 94607

Online Resources
National CCHD Programs
Poverty USA
Pobreza en los EE.UU
Educational Resources