Positively impacting the lives of vulnerable people especially women and children is the prime way the Catholic Women’s League makes a difference to society and people’s lives.
Committed, in particular, to make a difference to the lives of society’s most vulnerable, League members strive to live their faith showing both a compassionate and practical love of their neighbour.
Examples of what the League goes and how it engages in society are:
- raises money for women’s refuges
- knits warm clothing for babies and children
- collects blankets for rough sleepers
- sponsors school fees
- donates food to food banks
- cooks free lunches
- volunteers as teacher aides
CWL members work hard to make a difference.
At Home appeal
Each year the Catholic Women’s League focuses its interest on a local charity. Involvement is both practical and financial,
The main criteria for consideration are that the charity must
- be a good fit with CWL core values
- not receive government funding, and
- ideally be a national charity.
Past examples of the Catholic Women’s League At Home appeal are;
- “Key to Life” operating in the youth suicide prevention field
- “Days for Girls”; young women effected by period poverty
- “Pillars”, supporting children of prisoners, with families
- Motor Neurone Disease Association
- young people with Tourette’s Syndrome,
- women escaping family violence, and
- “Kids Can” combating child poverty.
As well as practical and financial support, the League also undertakes to raise awareness and funds for the recipient.
Mission in the Pacific
The League is also committed to helping neighbouring needy in the South Pacifi.
Each mission has its own special needs and challenges, and each year there is something different, but there is always a need.
One branch sent money to replace household linen that was destroyed by flooding in Fiji, another helped fund the repair of a cyclone destroyed water treatment plant in Vanuatu.
What helps is the personal connection: Branches respond to specific requests from a paired mission community, mainly religious sisters or brothers working in education, community welfare, and health care.
Increasingly relate to the negative effects of climate change on vulnerable families.