The Catholic Cares coalition was formed in early 2021 to maximize members’ influence and to support various grassroots efforts on vaccine equity and distribution. The distinctly Catholic perspective and resources of each coalition member, and long history of success in their varying missions, offers a unique opportunity to address three goals:
- Leverage communication channels and resources to share consistent information about the importance and moral responsibility of individuals to accept a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
- Provide human, spiritual, and pastoral support for those struggling to understand, affirm, and act on Catholic social teaching, including the teachings of Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
- Advocate for the equitable distribution of the vaccine in the U.S. and globally.
The Catholic Cares Coalition is honored to be the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. A portion of the funds will be distributed as microgrants for coalition members to use for short-term communication initiatives that utilize digital media to disseminate fact-based information on the vaccines from local influencers. Microgrants are available up to $5,000 per Catholic organization. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 16th, 2021. Read the full press release at catholiccares.org.
“This philanthropic support of the coalition empowers national Catholic organizations to further our collaboration to affect the common good by promoting vaccine acceptance and equity. With the varying charisms unique to each organizational mission, our unified efforts are making a significant contribution to helping end this pandemic. We are grateful to the Hilton Foundation for their generosity,” said Margaret Matijasevic, Executive Director, In Word and Witness.
Learn more about the project and get involved through In Word and Witness.