This is the poster to promote the 2021 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. A collection will be taken up in western Oregon parishes the weekend of Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Catholic Campaign for Human Development)
This is the poster to promote the 2021 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. A collection will be taken up in western Oregon parishes the weekend of Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Catholic Campaign for Human Development)




Catholic parishes in western Oregon will take up an annual collection the weekend of Nov. 13-14 with an eye to getting at the roots of poverty. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the official anti-poverty effort of the U.S. Catholic Church, gave its first grants in Oregon 50 years ago. Ever since, it has supported small projects led in part by people on the margins of society. The campaign operates under the Catholic idea of subsidiarity — those closest to the problem know how to solve it best.

In Oregon, the campaign has funded housing advocacy, small farm enterprises, parish ministries, outreach to pregnant moms and immigrant services. It’s been a key way the church encounters the non-Catholic world.

Last year, the campaign gave almost $16 million in small grants nationwide. A quarter of what is collected in the Archdiocese of Portland will stay here.