It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure. Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us be lights of hope! Let us maintain a positive outlook on reality. Let us encourage the generosity which is typical of the young and help them to work actively in building a better world.
-- Pope Francis, 7/24/13, Brazil
CCST METUCHEN USE OF FUNDS PRINCIPLES
CCST is an all-volunteer team, committed to using 100% of our funds on either the Catholic Relief Services or Catholic Campaign for Human Development sides.
For CRS, our funding is directed to food security grants in Metuchen and/or Metuchen-guided global solidarity projects abroad.
For CCHD, we use our funds to support community-driven economic or community development projects within the Diocese of Metuchen. At times, we also use a small portion of those funds to educate Catholics about poverty in the United States and to promote the Catholic social doctrine.
Except when it is unavoidable, our CCST volunteers do not use funds for reimbursements for incidental travel, meals, office expense or other administrative expenses.
CCST Catholic Relief Services funds come from a variety of private sources: individual contributions, grants, and the annual 25% allotment of CRS Rice Bowl contributions within the diocese. We do not take government funding. CCST Catholic Campaign for Human Development funds come almost exclusively from an annual fall collection taken in parishes specifically for CCHD.
We are very grateful for the support of our donors over the years, who make our work in support of CRS and CCHD possible. And we welcome continuing donations.
CCST & CRS Funding
The Catholic Charities Solidarity Team established a Rice Bowl Grants Program to disburse Rice Bowl funds annually, and in June 2003 awarded its first $9,500 in food security grants to 11 groups helping the poor in the Metuchen Diocese. In October of that year, we awarded an additional $11,500 to six new organizations, two parish pantries in Middlesex County and four projects overseas. By the summer of 2014, we are approaching $250,000 in our Rice Bowl grant-giving in the program's history.
We are committed to returning each year's Rice Bowl contributions back into serving the needs of the poor within ten months of receipt of the funds. The emergence of development projects in Santa Rosa, Guatemala, the Philippines, Lebanon/Cyprus, Kenya and elsewhere have prompted numerous fund-raising efforts in the diocese, and we are grateful for the generosity in bringing transformative outcomes closer to fruition.
CCST & CCHD Funding
All funds received by the national CCHD office are used solely for the support of CCHD's anti-poverty mission. CCHD is committed to full accountability of our donors and abides by the charitable standards set by a leading donor advisory service. Eighty-seven percent of funds received by CCHD nationally go directly to community empowerment, economic development and educational programs that work to break the cycle of poverty.
The CCST CCHD Metuchen director administers the portion percent of the annual national collection that remains in the local diocese. The CCST CCHD Metuchen director is committed to spending 100% of collection funds within 12 months of the collection, and to use the funds according to the criteria of CCHD national grants. No more than ten percent of the funds will be used for education formation and promotion projects for social justice for the benefit of the Metuchen Diocese in a given year.