February 20 marks World Day of Social Justice. Originally established in 2007, the United Nations declared this year’s theme, “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.” It’s an opportunity to take a look at the need for social justice in our society and the barriers that exist in achieving social justice- including poverty, unemployment and the rising cost of living.
At Catholic Charities, we work toward achieving social justice each day through our programs and services, aimed at closing the inequality gap and bringing people from crisis and uncertainty, to stability and self-sufficiency. We operate across 23 locations in Eastern Massachusetts and provide services to over 175,000 each year. Our Basic Needs program is at the forefront of the fight for social justice, assisting over 150,000 individuals last year with food, shelter, clothing, rent and mortgage, heat and utilities and personal essentials. Our goal is to help remove barriers for individuals and families who are trying to achieve self-sufficiency despite the obstacles in their way.
This World Day of Social Justice, consider what you can do to help bridge the inequalities gap in your community. Donate clothing or food items, volunteer your time serving those who are living in poverty, and share the importance of establishing social justice in our communities with others.
In the words of Helen Keller, "Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained."
This World Day of Social Justice, let us all consider our own responsibility to our neighbors in fighting to bridge the inequality gap and ensuring a just and compassionate society. Donate clothing or food items, volunteer your time serving those who are living in poverty, and share the importance of establishing social justice in our communities with others. We can all make a difference because we all have a voice.