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Diocese disperses grants to six agencies to help poor, marginalized

GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 25, 2009) – The Diocese of Green Bay recently granted $17,598 to six organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin that provide outreach to poor and marginalized residents. The funds are possible because of the generosity of Catholics to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) collections conducted during Lent.

The following grants were made:

ESTHER, a community organizing unit based in Winnebago and Outagamie counties, received a $6,300 CCHD grant to promote leadership development of Spanish-speaking immigrants.

The United Hmong and Asian American Community Center of Green Bay received a $3,000 ORB grant to help fund its information referral service.

The Immigration Task Force of Green Bay received a $1,116 ORB grant to fund its telephone response network to serve victims of workplace raids.

Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay received a $1,500 ORB grant to help subsidize its free dental care to Spanish-speaking immigrants.

The Hispanic Resource Center of Sturgeon Bay received a $4,682 ORB grant to help fund its social outreach programming to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Door and Kewaunee counties.

LEAVEN, which provides small bridge grants for housing and utilities and information referral throughout the tri-county area, received a $1,000 ORB grant for services provided to Hmong- and Spanish-language patrons.

CCHD grants are made available to organizations that promote community organizing and/or economic development projects that are led by low-income people. ORB grants are available to organizations that serve the social needs of immigrants and refugees. Any organization located in a county served by the Diocese of Green Bay may apply.

For more information about these grant opportunities, please contact Brother Steve Herro at 920-272-8299, 877-500-3580 ext. 8299, or send an e-mail.

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