Forty-five million people – or 1 in 7 Americans – are living in poverty in the United States today. It often takes just one misfortune or one missed paycheck to change an individual or family’s life causing them to fall below the poverty line.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) launched Tuesday #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.
Timed to coincide with Pope Francis’s 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.
CCUSA will also feature a series of seven videos showcasing individuals who have demonstrated resilience, hope and strength as they have overcome adversity.
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Supporters can visit to 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 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.”
People 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 should take a photo of their hand raised with “#End45” written on the palm and simply share it on their Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #End45.