Hand with #END45 in front of Catholic Charities LogoCatholic Charities encourages #End45 photo upload to bring attention to 45 million currently living in poverty in the U.S.

Baton Rouge, LA (September 11, 2015) – Forty-five million people – or 1 in 7 – are living in poverty in the Unites States today. In the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan area, it’s 1 in 5.  For too many just one misfortune or one missed paycheck changes an individual or family’s life, causing them to fall below the poverty line. Today, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) are launching #End45 – Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America, a national initiative to help shine a spotlight on the issue and the millions of others in need or struggling to make ends meet.[1]  

Timed to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in late September and to align with his commitment to helping the poor, #End45 – Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America encourages individuals to show support for the cause by taking a picture of their hand with “#End45” written on the palm and posting it to their social media channels using the hashtag #End45. Uploads showcasing hands across America in support of those in need can be viewed at CatholicCharitiesUSA.org/End45.

The campaign also features a series of seven powerful videos showcasing individuals who have demonstrated resilience, hope and strength as they have overcome adversity. Supporters can watch and share these videos from real people across America who have overcome challenges with the support of Catholic Charities. 

“Throughout my life I have learned that poverty does not discriminate and that the individuals we serve every day come from all walks of life,” says Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. ”CCUSA’s #End45 – Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America campaign aims to raise awareness for this important issue and offer hope and inspiration to those living on the margins and just struggling to get by.” 

Individuals in our local community and around the country have the chance to increase awareness of this critical issue and make a difference with just a photo. To get involved, people can simply take a photo of their hand raised with “#End45” written on their palm and share it on their Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #End45.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has served our community since 1964. To learn more about them visit http://www.CatholicCharitiesBR.org and follow us on FaceBook.  



About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Since 1964, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided life-sustaining services to people of all faiths throughout a 12-parish region. The agency's programs include adoptions, senior employment, disaster case management, prison ministry, refugee services, immigration legal services, crisis pregnancy help, just to name a few. CCDBR is a Capital Area United Way community partner and ranked as its top referred to agency by the 2-1-1 Info Line. For more information, visit http://www.CatholicCharitiesBR.org.



About Catholic Charities USA

Since 1910, Catholic Charities has served as a national advocate for the most vulnerable in our nation, guided by the basic belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. From the beginning, the organization has stayed true to its mission to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same. To learn more please visit, CatholicCharitiesUSA.org. 


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