Catholic Relief Services is the international relief agency of the Catholic Church providing humanitarian relief and development assistance in more than 100 countries. With a focus on programs that inform and engage Catholics about poverty and injustice overseas, CRS provides opportunities to build a more just world. Programs are available to parishes, schools and/or individuals.
- National Web site: www.crs.org
Upcoming Catholic Relief Services Events
CRS Rice Bowl Grants
CRS Rice Bowl Grants are now available for parishes and schools. These grants provide funding for projects and programs that educate on, raise awareness of, and promote advocacy for particular poverty issues. These programs should address issues concerning food security, food waste, and/or community gardens.
Those parishes and schools currently participating in CRS Rice Bowl will be given preference. However, all are invited and encouraged to apply for grants.
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
The message of the Church is clear: we are called to help our brothers and sisters in need. Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an initiative between USCCB and CRS that calls on Catholics to confront global poverty by defending the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and to urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty through advocacy and action. To receive the latest advocacy news and action alerts please join Catholics Confront Global Poverty at http://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org/.
Emergency Response and Recovery
Our vision is to promote social justice, solidarity and compassion through timely emergency and recovery actions that address the needs of the most vulnerable. We take a comprehensive approach to international disaster relief. As experienced first responders, we provide lifesaving help to get survivors back on their feet. Then we help people obtain the tools and skills they need to manage their own recovery. Our projects build on local systems to ensure long-term success.
CRS implements a wide array of disaster responses, which we tailor to the needs of each community. We are especially known for our work in market-based responses and shelter. Click here to learn more.
Click here to learn more about helping the victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
CRS Rice Bowl
Rice Bowl is a Lenten “pray, fast, learn, donate” program which is active in parishes and schools in the Archdiocese, as well as the chancery. It makes the connection between love of God and love of neighbor on a global basis and assists people with basic necessities, education, self-sufficiency and health challenges in 100 countries, while educating parishioners on the reality of life for our brothers and sisters around the globe.
How can I participate in Rice Bowl?
Twenty-five percent of our gifts remain here in our Archdiocese to help meet the needs of refugees.In 2009 alone, Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Refugee Resettlement Services helped over 230 families who suffered religious and political persecution in their home country begin a new life. Seventy-five percent of our gifts will go to CRS for international projects such as helping farmers in Bolivia receive training to improve crop yields, helping children in Afghanistan gain more opportunities for quality education, and helping communities in Ethiopia access reliable water sources even during times of drought.
CRS Ethical Trade
CRS Ethical Trade helps people to act on their faith and values through practicing ethical purchasing grounded in Catholic social teaching with a global focus. CRS Ethical Trade partners with companies and organizations that treat workers fairly, invest in the communities where they produce, and promote environmental stewardship through their business practices. Find information and resources about fair and ethically traded products, learn about news in the ethical trade movement, and participate in opportunities to champion a more just workplace for the most vulnerable producers.
Want to shop for ethically produced products. Check out the CRS Ethical Shopping Guide for everything from fair trade apparel to home décor.
Helping Hands is a unique hands-on volunteer event founded on Matthew 25:35 and the Catholic call to social justice. Developed by CRS and Stop Hunger Now, Helping Hands is a meal-packaging program that is fun for adults and children. Volunteers come together to package nutritious meals for people in developing countries who are suffering from food shortages and famine.
Stop Hunger Now provides the materials, sets up, and teaches volunteers how to assemble the meals. CRS educates the group about the people they are helping, and ships the meals to our partners overseas, who then distribute them to centers for young girls, orphanages, and others in need. helpinghands.crs.org
Event hosts only need to provide:
- 40 or more volunteers,
- a large room with tables,
- a minimum meal-packaging goal of 10,000, and
- the event fee, a portion of which will be used to fund life-changing development programs and job training for the recipients.
Helping Hands can be used to increase engagement and volunteerism, launch other social justice programs, provide a unique confirmation or school on-site activity and to kick off diocesan or parish-wide strategic efforts.
CRS Food Fast Retreats
Food Fast provides high school and middle school students with a structured retreat which helps them understand the food insecurity, a daily experience for millions of people around the world. All materials are provided free of charge. http://www.foodfast.org