Catholic Charities USA Presents Centennial Medal to America's Promise Alliance

Oct 06, 2010, 09:15 ET from Catholic Charities USA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, yesterday presented its Centennial Medal to the America's Promise Alliance recognizing the organization for its work protecting the common good and ensuring investment in our nation's young people. The award was presented by Candy Hill, Catholic Charities USA's Sr. Vice President for Social Policy and Government Affairs, at the America's Promise Alliance Trustees meeting in Washington, DC. CCUSA is presenting 100 specially-commissioned Centennial Medals in honor of its 100th anniversary, marking a century of human services for the least among us.



"Since your inception in 1997, you have served as a beacon for children in this country.  We value your leadership, your partnership and your vision for America's future—our young people," said Candy Hill. "You have been a significant partner in our work to serve and advocate on behalf of the poor. I thank you for your commitment to this endeavor, and most importantly for your willingness to stand with the poor and disenfranchised as we advocate for services and solutions that reflect dignity and respect for all people."

CCUSA was founded in 1910 "to bring about a sense of solidarity" among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, CCUSA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues.

During Centennial recognition and celebration ceremonies last week, CCUSA—with sponsorship from Sen. Robert Casey (D. Pennsylvania) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D. Massachusetts)—introduced S. 3845/H.R. 6222 to address the issue of poverty nationwide and institute new ways of reducing and eliminating poverty.

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Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary.

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