Catholic Charities USA

Rating: 4.71 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Human Services, Religion

Location: Sixty-Six Canal Center Plaza Suite 600 Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission: The mission of Catholic Charities USA is to exercise leadership in assisting its membership, particularly the diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and supporting group members, in their mission of service, advocacy and convening.
Programs: America relies on Catholic Charities (CC) to provide critical human services to people in need. As the nation's fourth largest social service provider, (CC) serves more than 7.8 million people of all faiths each year. Catholic Charities is even listed in the federal government's National Disaster Response Plan as one of 5 organizations relied on for providing food, shelter, emergency first aid, and to distribute emergency relief items during domestic disasters. Poverty in America is a moral and social crisis. It threatens the health and economic well-being of our families and our nation as a whole. In response to this crisis, Catholic Charities USA has launched the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America. From responding to the September 11 attacks, hurricane Katrina and the many hundreds of smaller disasters that happen every year, Catholic Charities USA and its member agencies have learned that being prepared for disasters is critical to a successful response when they occur. Catholic Charities USA is actively preparing its more than 1,700 member agencies across the nation for the disasters of tomorrow, be they large or small. The goal is to ensure that each Catholic Charities agency has a disaster response plan, and a regional response team they can turn to for assistance before and during a disaster. Disaster preparedness is critical. A major disaster could happen at any time, and those of all degrees are occurring with greater frequency.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I have given my last dollar to your organization. A priest as president drawing a salary of over $150,000.00 and a CFO getting a salary of over a $160,000.00 a year. It's outrageous. I will pass the word on to my fellow catholics.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Our local Catholi Charities in Pittsburgh recently opened a free health clinic to meet the needs of those without health insurance and any other means to obtain health care. I am also on the board of CCUSA and am very impressed with their efforts at convening and advocating for the most vulnerable in society. Sister Linda Yankoski

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Advocating on behalf and serving the poor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Achieve its goal to reduce hunger in America sooner rather than later.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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11 people found this review helpful

CCUSA and the local agencies have provided invaluable service to those in need and leadership in justice issues. I am so impressed by it's dedication to it's Mission of serving those in need through relief, charity and justice efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the dedication of staff and supporters is inspirational.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Devoted and conscientious in all their efforts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Catholic Charities USA in my role as a Director of an agency and have volunteered on many of its comittees. It is a vibrant advocacy drven organization that has the best interest of those who are poor and marginalized. It' s advocacy has been influential in the preserving many programs that serve the ppor

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its work with the SCHIP program and FEMA.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its Advocacy work

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Terriffic...dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

We work with CCUSA and their Agencies to directly serve and bring justice to the poor. I am a member. of CCUSA Board of Directors. CCUSA are great partners and an inspiring organization. Joe

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of advocating for the poor.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The commitment and professional way they go about fulfilling the Mission

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extroadinary!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reduce poverty in the USA by 50%

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been a Catholic Charities volunteer for almost 20 years. As a volunteer, I have worked inside their food and shelter programs countless times. As a board member for Catholic Charities, USA, I see first hand the good work performed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at all of the Catholic Charities food and shelter programs throughout the United States.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing formerly homeless men and women transition out of shelter programs to different degrees of self sufficiency.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a better way to communicate the good work that is being done by each agency.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the one on one interaction and respect that every client receives from every person associated with Catholic Charities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

filled with compassion and determination to assist each client

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a lot of assistance to a lot of people in need

Ways to make it better...

it was not so overwhelming to see the number of men, women and children who need food and shelter....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the growning number of people who really need help from us and the shrinking number of people who can afford to help us

One thing I'd also say is that...

Working with Catholic Charities USA has made a difference in how I study the social policies of our government.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have worked with CCUSA for years, especially in the hurricane relief efforts. They were the quietest group helping and to my mind the most effective. They used their credibility and networks to bring millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers to the relief of so mny. They did not set up elaborate structures just got in and helped. They have stayed with the effort and continue to bring real help to so many. In addition they worked with government and others to bring resources and use them well. They are great advocates for the dignity of the poor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hurricane relief, advocacy in Congress

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more visibility

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they get the job done

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and gracious, very smart

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get 20 million of service from it

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work with them

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the financial situation in the country

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are the best

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has been a national leader in poverty reduction and continues to lead the charge with well orchestrated summits across the US. CCUSA has pulled together local and regional experts in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, economic security and education to focus Catholic Charities agencies, other non-profits, and corporations on collaborative projects to reduce poverty by 50% by the year 2020. In the area of hunger, CCUSA is spotlighting its own agencies and other organizations that increase citizens' access to healthy, nutritious food. For housing, CCUSA is focused on the goals of increasing the number of affordable housing units and reducing the number of familes in emergency shelters.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of professionalism, zeal and passion that all employees possess.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and focused on the problems of poverty in America. They are also very good at communicating frequently and as clearly as possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a tremendous impact on one of the areas of poverty, especially hunger or housing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Wow, where does one start when talking about an organization that has helped to save your life. There are just no word that could ever express the gratitude that I have for Catholic Charities. My experience with Catholic Charities started when I entered their domestic violence shelter with my three children. The staff and volunteers that I came into contact with over that 4 month period of time were nothing short of extraordinary people that truly cared about me and my children. It has been over 5 years since I left the shelter and every time I come in contact with one of them they remember my story and remember my name. They do their work with passion and an open heart and honestly caring about each and every individual they come into contact with. Never once did I feel like I was being judged for the bad decisions I had made. They were their to help guide me in the right direction and give any support that I needed. Still to this day I know that they are there in support of my life. This organization and each and every person involved with it are truly angels sent to do god's work and they do it with unconditional love and dedication.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is never ending. I can continue to help and support them and they do the same for me in return.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. They not only acted as employees of an organization but as human beings that care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach all the people that are in need and not have to limit the support that they are able to give.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I've been in the Catholic Charities USA network for over twenty years and was the first loaned executive to CCUSA. I have seen first hand the persistent commitment to advocating nationally for those most in need even when it isn't popular. Catholic Charities' vision is absolutely critical to addressing the underlying causes of poverty, rather than just the symptoms. I've learned that cutting poverty is a marathon, not a sprint. It helps to have a large respected network like Catholic Charities USA in it for the long haul.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the strong network of colleagues around the country who are absolutely committed to serving those most in need in their local community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, committed, professional, and personable with a great sense of hospitality.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage it to create legislative policies that are truly transformative in helping communities in poverty access resources and assets to move out of poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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