U.S. and Worldwide Support

75% of funds raised by the Concord Area CROP Walk for the Hungry go to Church World Service for worldwide emergency relief of disasters - floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes - and for fighting the root causes of hunger through community development programs in 30 underdeveloped countries. Here are a few examples of the many programs CWS supports. Visit the CWS web site to learn more.

CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. Our work to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and those in need, and provide programs and services that are impactful, is as critical now as it ever has been. In the past year alone, we've been able to make differences in tens of thousands of lives in more than 30 countries.

New York City - No one could have predicted the whirlwind of a year 2020 has been. Its ripple effect has presented difficulties for many; and for cities across the country with a large homeless population, those challenges are even greater. With help from congregations and CWS supporters such as you, The Bowery Mission, in New York City, has continued providing help and hope to the city’s homeless population during the pandemic.

Central America - When Hurricane Eta hit Central America last year, it brought torrential wind, rain and widespread flooding; leaving in its wake massive destruction for those in the line of its path to repair. Then, just two weeks later, Hurricane Iota struck the same communities. And while communities still grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, providing immediate disaster relief and repairing damage can be difficult. Thanks to you, CWS and our trusted local partners in Central America are providing help and immediate relief to affected communities.

Bolivia - You wouldn’t naturally think of gender discrimination as a cause of malnutrition. But at the heart of it, this discrimination means that women have to fight harder for food, water and stable futures for their families. That’s why, this year, you’re walking for women like Paola. Paola lives in a part of Bolivia where, in 2018, seven women were killed because of their gender. “There are women... whose husbands do not let them go out to sell, and they are forbidden to go to trainings and meetings,” she says. Your steps this year support Paola - and her community - as they redefine the rights of women. Women here are growing vegetables and becoming small business owners to support their families. They're also working hard to help men understand how to be allies instead of obstacles...but it’s a difficult landscape to change. In Paola’s words, “We will continue to need help; we want to learn more about how to sell, get to know the market and encourage other women to stop being afraid. When we excel, we encourage other women.”.