Each November, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) holds a collection across the US. However, one of the questions that I always had is: Where does the money go?
I was shocked to find that the CCHD makes a number of grants to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Renewal Now).
Who is ACORN? Well according to them:
ACORN is the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation. ACORN helps those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system.
Community organizing: Each of the 1,200 local ACORN neighborhood chapters in 110 cities and 40 states brings neighbors together to work for stronger, safer and more just communities.
However, what we have found is that ACORN is one of the most corrupt organizations at the "community organizer" level. It has been involved in massive voter fraud in the last two elections, registering "Donald Duck" and "Mickey Mouse."
Now, where does the CCHD come in? Well, they give grants to ACORN? According to their 2007 Grantee List, they gave to apx. 35 ACORN Groups mostly for "Community Organizing: Economic Justice."
What the heck does that mean? Oh, you mean something like Barak Obama did?
Well, at an average of $25,000 to apx. 35 groups, that equals apx. $875,000 of nothing!
If you are going to help the poor, ACORN is not the way to do it!
This is one Second Sunday Collection that will not see my money!
More about ACORN and CCHD in the future.
PS: When you look at the 2007 Grantee List, they do not list the group as ACORN, but by its full name. Maybe they don't want you get the ACORN association.