Durbin, Duckworth Discuss Support For Nonprofits With Cardinal Cupich And Catholic Charities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Cardinal Blase Cupich and Sally Blount, the incoming CEO of Catholic Charities Chicago, about meeting the needs of vulnerable populations amid the public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits like Catholic Charities are experiencing a huge loss in revenue and resources being stretched more than ever.  Durbin and Duckworth discussed their support for additional federal assistance in the next COVID-19 relief bill to support the critical work of nonprofits.  Catholic Charities of Chicago is one of the largest, nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest, serving nearly 700,000 people in Cook and Lake Counties in 2019.

“The work of Catholic Charities and nonprofits across Illinois has been nothing short of heroic.  Facing economic headwinds unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history, these organizations are stepping up to feed families, children, the homeless, and the elderly and disabled during this time of great need.  I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to provide nonprofits the financial support they need to weather this storm and continue helping the most vulnerable in our state,” Durbin said.

“The work of non-profit organizations and the services they provide are as important as it’s ever been as our nation copes with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Duckworth said. “I look forward to continuing to work with organizations like Catholic Charities to make sure they have the support they need.”

In April, Durbin and Duckworth joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in urging Senate leadership to include additional emergency funding for nonprofit organizations in the next COVID-19 relief bill.