Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian organization that seeks to end poverty, hunger and disease. We work in 93 countries reaching nearly 100 million people each year. Our mission is grounded in Catholic values, which call on us to foster compassion and dignity among the world’s most marginalized people.
As the official overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., we connect with Catholics in parishes, dioceses and schools through advocacy and programs that offer tangible ways to contribute to the progress of the world. Focusing on innovative programs in agriculture, health and emergency response, we partner with communities and other Church institutions to address urgent needs, while developing solutions to help vulnerable people survive and thrive long term.
CRS Programs that help to engage parishioners with the international concerns include: Operation Rice Bowl, Food Fast, Global Solidarity Partnerships, Advocacy Programs and Fair Trade.