Action for Social Justice
to volunteer and/or contribute locally
Catholic Social Services, Diocese of Fall River. Through its offices
in Hyannis (261 South Street, 508-771-6771), Fall River, New Bedford,
Taunton, Attleboro, and Tiverton CSS provides services for housing,
family and adoption, mental health, immigration, advocacy, and food
Network: A National Catholic
Social Justice Lobby. A Catholic leader in the global movement for
justice and peace—educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and
The Family Pantry (Harwich). The Family Pantry is a non-profit,
non-denominational activity dedicated to serving the needs of the less
fortunate of Cape Cod. Its philosophy is helping people in need
regardless of race, religion, or residency by providing food and
The Greater Boston Food Bank (operates a distribution center in
Harwich, with space leased from the Family Pantry). The Greater Boston
Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, and
one of the largest food banks in the country.
Cape Cod Children’s Place. A non-profit family resource center that
supports and helps to strengthen families with young children.
Lower Cape Outreach Council. The mission of the Lower Cape Outreach
Council is to provide emergency assistance of food clothing and
financial support to individuals and families in Brewster, Chatham,
Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet which will
lead to healthy, productive and self-sustaining lives as part of the
Cape Cod community.
Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP).
SKIP's goal is to provide nutritious and healthful meals in a welcoming
and warm atmosphere to all individuals in the community who are either
in need or seek community.
Habitat for Humanity of Cape
Cod is an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate
homelessness and substandard housing by making decent affordable shelter
a matter of conscience and action for all people.
Housing Assistance Corporation.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the housing needs of all
Cape Codders. HAC operates homeless shelters for adults and families,
administers rental subsidies, offers education and training and develops
new affordable housing. Our vision is a community where everyone has a
safe, stable and decent place to live.
Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC).
A local volunteer organization established in 2002 through a federal
grant to respond to emergencies and assist with on-going public health
needs by using and coordinating available community resources.
American Red Cross of
Cape Cod and Islands Chapter works within communities, providing
relief to people who have suffered a disaster. We also help people
prevent, prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies. With your
help, the promise of neighbor helping neighbor in times of trouble
becomes a reality and our communities become safer places to live.
information and ideas for action
US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Catholic Campaign for Human
Development. Here’s where you can make a real difference. Find out
the facts. Find out how you can get involved.
Catholic Charities Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America (Poverty in
America: A Threat to the Common Good). Calling poverty in America a
moral and social crisis for our country and one that threatens the
health and economic well-being of both families and our nation as a
whole, Catholic Charities has launched a new multi-year initiative to
cut poverty in half by 2020.
Tools for Reflection and Action: a study guide based on the Poverty
in America paper, above (see the
list of resources excerpted from this guide)
Salt of the Earth. Your on-line resource for social justice. Of
particular interest is “The
busy Christian's guide to Catholic social teaching.”
Services. As the official international relief and development
agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to
educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral
responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the
poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social
Liberation theology is the effort to think clearly about the meaning
of religious faith in the context of oppression, war, poverty,
inequality and environmental destruction, and the effort to live a
compassionate, courageous and life-sustaining response to those
conditions, a response that both addresses the needs of those who are
injured and oppressed, and also works to change the structures and
ongoing processes of injury and oppression.
Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice,
inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals,
communities, the church, and the world.