Church World Service (Elkhart, IN)


  • Name:Ms. Pam Wesolowski
  • Title:Business Services Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Church World Service
  • Address:28606 Phillips Street
    P.O. Box 968
    Elkhart, IN 46514
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:574-264-3102
  • Main fax:574-262-0966

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User Address

  • Address:1600 W. Beardsley Avenue
    Elkhart, IN 46514
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:574-264-3102

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  • Mission:
  • CWS works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

    "In partnership with local organizations, CWS nurtures sustainable development, aids in time of disaster, and assists refugees--all in a non-sectarian fashion, based on human need. The organization responds to emergencies and follows up, when appropriate, with long-term support for rebuilding lives and communities. CWS resettles refugees and works to find durable solutions for the needs of uprooted people globally."

  • Overview:
  • Emergencies:
    CWS began in response to an emergency in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, and provided more than 11 million pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies to war-torn Europe and Asia. We work with partners around the world to empower local communities, helping them recover from disaster. In many cases our global offices are able to conduct immediate assessments and quickly provide material assistance. We remain committed to assisting with the long-term recovery process.

    Our U.S. emergency response program focuses on serving vulnerable individuals and families in disaster-affected communities. Immediately after disaster strikes, we offer CWS Kits, Cleanup Buckets and Blankets. Then CWS supports communities’ long-term recovery through a multi-faceted training and mentoring program, including on-site and webinar-based instruction and start-up grants to local long-term recovery groups. We coordinate directly with federal, state and local agencies, bringing together community and government resources to help ensure that everyone has a chance to recover.
    We have a mandate to stand with – and for – the world’s most vulnerable people. Too often, they are children and their mothers.

    The best estimates indicate half of the world’s children – more than 500 million – live in poverty. We help displaced and orphaned children reach literacy and realize their dreams. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 17 million children have been orphaned by HIV and AIDS. There, we bring children together so they can face challenges of daily life collectively. They have shown us the power of working together to achieve dreams. We offer women and children special care when disaster strikes to keep them safe and prevent long-term trauma.

    Hunger and Malnutrition:
    We help ensure sustainable access to proper, nutritious food. Malnutrition leads to nearly half of all childhood deaths before age 5. During a child’s first 1,000 days, proper nutrition is vital or risk is high for life-long health issues like blindness, developmental disabilities and organ shutdown. No single effort will eradicate hunger. We use agricultural solutions to help families grow healthier food, we help provide clean water sources, we look deeper at the root causes of hunger. When access to employment is blocked, we sometimes offer a small business grant or loan to help a whole family eat for years.

    The lack of safe water kills more people annually than all forms of violence, including wars. In developing countries, access to safe drinking water is power – the power to earn a sustainable living. We can help a woman feed her family – and a community feed its economy. We help communities gain access to clean water, and help them take ownership in ways that don’t require us to be there, by forming village water councils to handle routine maintenance. We teach people how good hygiene brings good health.

    Helping Refugees Resettle and Integrate:
    According to UNHCR, there are 15.5 million refugees throughout the world in need of protection and assistance. CWS works to assist refugees and internally displaced persons through a broad range of programs – from conducting interviews with refugee candidates throughout sub-Saharan Africa, to providing resettlement and integration services through a network of offices in the United States.

    Each year, CWS touches the lives of thousands of immigrants through direct service, and many more indirectly through its work for public policies that recognize the value of immigrants to our nations and communities.

  • History:
  • Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency "to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone." The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.

    In 1946-47, U.S. churches opened their hearts and provided more than 11 million pounds of food, clothing, and medical supplies to war-torn Europe and Asia. Also in 1947, CWS, Lutheran World Relief, and the National Catholic Welfare Program created a joint community hunger appeal, the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as CROP. The acronym is gone but the name and life-saving work remains as CROP Hunger Walks in some 1,500 communities across the United States. Soon "Friendship Trains" roared across the country, picking up commodities such as corn, wheat, rice, and beans to be shared around the world. The experience of the trains led to "Friendship Food Ships."

    In the 1950s and 60s, CWS expanded its reach across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

    As the '60s dawned, CWS began to augment its emergency assistance work with support for long-range, problem-solving efforts – what came to be known as development. Development begins at the grassroots. CWS recognized early on that to be successful projects and programs must come from the people themselves, not be imposed by others. CWS sought out local agencies who share this vision of empowering self-help and long-standing partnerships were forged.

    In Algeria, in North Africa, for over four years, using more than 5 million human-days of volunteer labor, some 20 million forest and fruit trees were planted to anchor the soil against nature's persistent erosion.

    In India, CWS helped countless villages construct reservoirs, dig wells, and lay irrigation systems. The result: "drought insurance" and improved food production.

    The same partnerships that enhanced our development efforts have enabled CWS to maximize our response to disasters.

    In the 1970s our work in grassroots development inspired a deeper analysis of the root causes of hunger and poverty. As a result, in 1974 CWS - in collaboration with Lutheran World Relief - established the Development Policy Office in Washington, D.C. to represent CWS concerns about hunger to U.S. government bodies.

    In 1976, in order to provide greater support to refugees and their sponsors in the USA, CWS established refugee resettlement offices in various parts of the U.S.. They played a pivotal role in supporting the growing number of refugees from Southeast Asia who were resettled to the United States in the years after the Vietnam War. While the number of offices ebbs and flows with refugee admissions, they continue to form the foundation for CWS work in resettling refugees in the US.

    It was also in the 1970s that CWS first began responding to U.S. disasters at the request of its member churches.

    CWS work in international emergency response and development through the 1970s and 1980s focused on working in partnership with other NGO’s and with local groups. In some instances this led to the creation of new, independent organizations such as the Middle East Council of Churches, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh or CEPAD in Nicaragua. Working in partnership remains one of the hallmarks of CWS work. These groups remain valued partners to CWS.

    More recently, CWS was one of the founding members of a global partnership of faith-based humanitarian agencies, ACT Alliance, with members in 140 countries. With 130 member organizations, ACT Alliance provides a dynamic environment for collaboration in responding to human needs around the world. By working together agencies can maximize their impact.

  • Year established:1946
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:300


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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