Monday, March 28, 2011

Charity Highlight: Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

CRS was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has have expanded to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

To assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.

How they serve:
CRS is about more than helping people survive for the day. CRS approaches emergency relief and long-term development holistically, ensuring that all people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, are able to participate in the very fullness of life — to have access to basic necessities, health care and education — all within peaceful, just communities.

CRS focuses on emergencies such as natural disasters, hunger, education, health, peace, and encouragement to get involved here at home. Included in these is advocacy for public policies that address root causes of poverty, microfinance programs, and agricultural programs.

Donate or get involved now!

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