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.


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. You have the option of giving online on our secure site using the “Click to Donate Today” black box  below. Or, you can make out a check or money order to Catholic Charities of the East Bay, writing “For CCHD” in the memo line. Then send it to:

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA 94607

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.

                                                                                      Long 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 21-22, 2020

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Annual Collection is normally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, which this year is November 21-22, 2020. 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 posters, pulpit and bulletin announcements, and colorful bulletin inserts. These printed resources can be found at the links below.

This year, in addition to the CCHD video highlighting some local projects funded by CCHD which can be found near the top of this page, the diocesan CCHD office has produced a couple of new videos to help promote the collection. They are:

  • A homily for the collection Sunday, November 22nd, by Fr. Jayson Landeza, pastor of St. Benedict Parish, Oakland, in which he describes a CCHD-funded group, Planting Justice, and gives a brief reflection on the readings.
  • A video about Youth Spirit Artworks, a CCHD-funded organization that works with homeless youth. They are about to complete 26 tiny houses, for the youth they are working with which is the first phase of their 100 Homes for Homeless Youth Campaign. This one is designed to use at the end of a homily on CCHD Collection weekend.

Both of these videos are available on our CCHD East Bay YouTube channel and can also be viewed on the CCHD Oakland Diocese Facebook page.

Parish Collection Resources

Bilingual Parish Resource Guide/ Self-mailer Bilingual 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

CCHD Grant Recipients

During 2020 in the Diocese of Oakland, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development funded ten (10 organizations from around the diocese. Three (3) 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 2020 national and local grants combined totaled $187,500. 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

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