Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.' He said to them, 'Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.'

Luke 4:16-19, 21

Because the work of promoting peace, protecting life and ensuring justice is integral to our faith, this work is shared by several programs and offices in the Diocese of Arlington that act as resources to parishes and individuals.

Catholic Social Teaching in Action

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, was established in 1969 to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through support of self-help organizations and through transformative social justice education. Its efforts to help low-income people to live in dignity express the commitment of our Church to the very first principle of Catholic Social Teaching: that of upholding the life and dignity of the human person. CCHD is Catholic Social Teaching in action.

There is a critical need for CCHD’s work in the face of increasing economic distress among Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes personal responsibility and the participation of those affected by poverty. For an easy-to-understand explanation of CCHD’s work, watch the U.S. bishops’ short animated video below.



“Justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity or, in Paul VI's words, ‘the minimum measure’ of it, an integral part of the love ‘in deed and in truth’ (1 Jn 3:18), to which Saint John exhorts us.”

Caritas In Veritate, No. 6, 2009

Get Involved with CCHD

Learn about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and use your talents to support its work here in the Diocese of Arlington!

  • Visit to learn about poverty and visit the national CCHD website, to learn about CCHD’s mission, history and work.
  • Pray for solutions to the conditions that give rise to poverty and for the fruitfulness of CCHD’s work with people in poverty.
  • Sign up for the quarterly newsletter from the National CCHD Office. Email
  • Give generously to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development through the annual collection and through direct contribution at any time of year. Make your check payable to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and send toCarla Walsh, Diocesan CCHD Coordinator, 200 N. Glebe Rd., Su. 506, Arlington, VA 22203.
  • Contact your parish's Social Concerns Committee to learn about your parish’s efforts to fight poverty and serve the poor locally.
  • Contact our CCHD Coordinator at her contact information below.

Promote the CCHD collection in your parish. Ask your pastor to give a homily supportive of CCHD in the weeks leading up to the collection and visit the CCHD website to provide speaking points for him. Make sure CCHD educational materials are available in your church. Talk to fellow parishioners about CCHD.

Offer your skills to the Diocesan CRS/CCHD Office. Are you:

  • a grant writer who would be willing to write grants for the diocesan Office?
  • an experienced businessperson who could assist low-income entrepreneurs in developing business plans?
  • a meeting planner who can help organize special events?
  • an administrative assistant who can help with office tasks?

Chances are, if you have an idea about how you can help, the diocesan office needs you. Contact us below.

The CCHD/CRS Diocesan Committee

A group of more than twenty committed individuals from around the Diocese serves on the Diocesan Committee for CCHD and Catholic Relief Services. The Committee works with the Diocesan Coordinator to review and investigate applications for CCHD funding from groups and projects located in the Diocese. The Committee’s role is to determine whether applicants meet CCHD funding requirements and whether they are compliant with Catholic social and moral teaching. The Committee then makes funding recommendations to Bishop Burbidge. No applicant located within the Diocese can be funded, with either local or national grant monies, without the Bishop’s consent.

Committee Structure

Currently, 26 volunteers and two staff members serve on the CRS/CCHD Diocesan Committee. Each January, the committee adds new members who serve a 2-year term promoting and educating about CRS and CCHD and evaluating grant applications. Click here to download an application to become a member of the committee.

Yasha Arant 
Christ the Redeemer Parish, Sterling  

Claudia Brown
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Lake Ridge  

Susan Conrad 
St. Leo the Great Parish, Fairfax

Kellen M. MacBeth 
St. Agnes Parish, Arlington

Sheila McCarron 
St. Bernadette Parish, Springfield  

Adrienne Wilks Miller 
Christ the Redeemer Parish, Sterling

Carole Schloss 
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Falls Church

Samuel P. Starr 
St. James Parish, Falls Church

Adrienne Wilks Miller 
Christ the Redeemer Parish, Sterling 

Ex-officio Member:
Carla Walsh 
Program Director, CRS/CCHD 
Church of the Nativity, Burke

Suggest a Grant Applicant

Here in Arlington, CCHD is actively seeking grant applicants for this year, most specifically family oriented organizations that grasp and promote the dignity of the human person and meet CCHD criteria. If you have recommendations for grant recipients or would like more information, please contact CCHD Coordinator Carla Walsh at her contact information below.