CCHD grants help empower East Bay groups
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development awarded $165,000 in local and national grants to 14 nonprofit groups in the East Bay for their efforts in addressing economic and social inequities in their communities.
This year's grant recipients gathered Oct. 11 at St. Columba Parish in Oakland to receive their awards.
Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, executive director of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the CCHD Local Committee during the luncheon. Established in 1982 by five Berkeley churches, the EBSC has been helping asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented minor children with housing, employment, educational and medical needs. The organization has provided legal help for the "dreamers" and has provided scholarships and other forms of support to immigrants and refugees from Haiti.
"Sister Maureen has not only been an able administrator, but takes a personal interest in everyone who comes to the EBSC for help," said Monica Clark, a CCHD local committee member, who presented the award to the Franciscan Sister.
Three CCHD-funded grants, totaling $110,000, were awarded to:
Gamaliel of California, $25,000; Oakland Community Organizations, $35,000; Northern California Land Trust, $50,000.
Eleven $5,000 grants, totaling $55,000, were awarded to:
Alameda Renters Coalition, Bay-Peace, Community Resources for Independent Living, Monument Impact, Parishes in Action, St. Columba Church Health Cabinet, St. Mary's Center, Sustainable Economics Law Center, United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, Urban Peace Movement, Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay.
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