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100 to be recognized as Champions of Mercy with $5,000 in grants

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CCSWO AnniversaryLogoIt’s time to recognize others who carry out mercy through charitable work as part of the Champion of Mercy Awards that will be presented to 100 individuals and groups by Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio this year.

Up to $5,000 will be awarded by Catholic Charities to the very best applicants to further their works of mercy or donate to a charity of their choice, according to Kelly Anchrum, Catholic Charities spokesperson.

“We want to celebrate works of mercy from across our community to commemorate our centennial anniversary and Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy,” Ted Bergh, Catholic Charities CEO, said. “Works of mercy can be small yet have an extraordinary impact on the lives of others.”

From schoolchildren leading food drives to feed the hungry, to those in health care who tend the sick as well as church ministries and other agencies that aim to protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger, Catholic Charities wants to inspire more mercy in the community by recognizing Champions of Mercy.

To apply or nominate an individual or group, visit www.ccswoh.org/ChampionofMercy by May 21.

Since its inception in 1916, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio continues to provide mercy to the poorest and most vulnerable in the community through a wide range of programs spanning 11 counties. Bergh added, “We have a long legacy of serving others that we will continue for the next 100 years.”

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, a United Way Agency Partner, has been serving the most vulnerable in our community for 100 years. Our programs serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger regardless of their religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and bring hope to more than 82,000 people each year. Visit www.ccswoh.org to learn more.

Story submitted by Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.

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