CRS Club Resources
Welcome Club Leaders!
Throughout history and around the world today, young people are the most active change-makers striving to alter the systems and structures that reinforce global inequity and inequality. When young people raise their voices in the halls of power, they use their passion and energy to lead the way to a better world for all people.
Students in Catholic schools across the country have demonstrated this same passion and energy to serve people around the world who struggle against the effects of poverty, conflict, natural disasters and systems of oppression.
Through CRS Clubs at their schools, student leaders will learn ways to lift their voices and create real, positive change in the world by advocating and fundraising around pressing global issues. By acting together, these young leaders can take action to be change-makers now and grow their skills to be the influencers of positive change into the future.
Our faith calls us to action. When we come together, our collective actions make an even bigger impact. The following documents will help your club build a better world.
Club Advisor Handbook
Club Advisors should use this handbook to understand the expectations and available resources to help their clubs have a successful year.
Student Leader Handbook
CRS Clubs are led by dedicated, talented and passionate student leaders. This handbook will help those students hold meetings, plan events that engage their community and execute impactful advocacy and fundraising actions.
Meeting Agenda Template
Facilitating successful meetings is a skill! Grow in your ability to lead effective and productive meetings by using this resource to plan and carry out each of your club meetings.
2021-2022 CRS Chapter and Club Action Planning Tool
Map out your club’s year of impact with the 2021-2022 CRS Chapter and Club Action Planning Tool. Learn key dates, monthly actions to engage your community and more to make a difference.
Campus-Wide Action Planning Worksheet
Each year, your CRS Club will plan advocacy and fundraising actions in the spring and fall. This resource helps student leaders think through their campus-wide events and arrange their plans to ensure success.
Club Member Commissioning Service
Inspire your club members to put their faith into action using this commissioning prayer service.
Returning School Toolkit
This toolkit includes resources on foundational topics, which student leaders and Club Advisors can use to plan their first club meetings of the year and to orient new members.
Member Action Trackers
Use this resource to keep track of your club’s members and their participation in meetings and actions throughout the year.
Hunger and Migration Discussion Guides
Explore the issues of global hunger and migration more deeply with your community using these discussion guides featuring videos, stories, research and more.
Parents and Administration
Student Action Information Resources
The information letter and talking points can be used to inform parents, the administration and others about the importance of student advocacy as well as CRS’ dedication to supporting life and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Media Release Form
We would love to have permission to use your photos in promotional materials. Please complete this form or confirm if students have signed a release as part of their connection to the school.
Campus-Wide Advocacy Action Guides
Club Advisors and student leaders should use these guides to plan their campus-wide advocacy actions in the fall and spring.
What is Advocacy?
This resource helps Club Members understand what advocacy is as a concept. Club Members should read this document as part of their preparation for Training Session Two.
How to Use Monthly Action Sheets
Each month, the Monthly Action Sheet will be sent to the Club Advisor. The Club Advisor should then distribute the Action Sheet to all members and leaders within the Club. This document can help advisors, leaders and members understand how the Monthly Action Sheets can assist them in performing impactful action each month.
Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and Appropriations
Learn about the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and Appropriations process with the following materials.
Make your member of Congress a champion for change
Use the Champions Scale to analyze where your congressional member stands in their level of support for the issues that matter most to you. Determining their position will help you decide what methods you will use to strengthen their collaboration.
Take Action: Letters to Your Members of Congress
One of the most important things you can do as an active citizen is build strong relationships with your members of Congress. Use these training materials to help your club members take action by writing letters to their members of Congress about CRS’ Impact Issues and policy focus. These resources will help support the actions in the Monthly Action Sheets.
Take Action: Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor raise the awareness and educate members of your community about important issues and legislation. They can also capture the attention of members of Congress. Use these training materials to help your club members take action by writing Letters to the Editor about CRS’ Impact Issues and policy focus. These resources will help support the actions in the Monthly Action Sheets.
Take Action: Congressional Town Halls
Attending town halls sponsored by your member of Congress—whether in-person or virtual—is an opportunity to hear from your member, learn about their focus areas and raise your voice on issues that matter to you. Review these best practices to effectively participate in virtual and in-person town halls sponsored by your members of Congress.
Take Action: How to Meet with your Members of Congress
Meeting with members of Congress or their staff is the most effective way for constituents to impact policy and build relationships with congressional offices. Learn how your CRS Club members and leaders can take this important advocacy action. These resources will help support the actions in the Monthly Action Sheets and campus-wide advocacy actions.
Our faith teaches us that we should serve the needs of our global family through charitable works. Your school’s generosity through fundraising as a community helps CRS meet the needs of people who are most vulnerable right now. Explore three different options to plan your community fundraiser: CRS Ark of Hope, CRS Table of Thanks, and the Create Your Own Fundraiser.
How to Fundraise
Fundraising serves women, men and children around the world by helping CRS provide lifesaving support, spur innovation and promote sustainable development. Download this resource for tips on how to take action through fundraising.
Your fundraiser can create lasting change. Use your skills, talents and fundraising passion to make a real difference in the lives of people around the world, all while having fun and building relationships within your community. CRS’ Community Giving Toolkit offers easy-to-follow guidance, clear examples of successful fundraisers and answers to frequently asked questions. Join in the life-saving mission of CRS by mobilizing your community through giving.
CRS Clubs Poster
Hang this poster around your campus to recruit peers into your CRS Club. Fill the lines at the bottom of the poster with contact information so that interested students can reach out to join. The poster can be printed on a standard printer or sent to a local printer for professional quality prints.
CRS Clubs Flyers
Distribute these flyers to recruit peers into your CRS Club. Fill the lines at the bottom of each flyer with contact information so that interested students can reach out to join. The flyers can be printed on a standard printer or sent to a local printer for professional quality prints.
CRS Clubs Press Release
Your CRS Club is leading the way for your entire campus to join a movement of engaged young people across the United States who are dedicated to addressing global poverty. Tell your campus and whole community about your dedication and passion using this press release copy that can be adjusted to fit your community and then sent to local diocesan newspapers.
Member Recognition Certificates
These certificates can be personalized and printed to recognize members of your CRS Club that have consistently attended club meetings, taken regular action, and demonstrated global citizenship. Certificates are available for club members, members of your leadership team, and graduating senior members.
Each month, the broader CRS Chapter network gathers virtually for a meeting where expert guest speakers present on several topics. National calls also include trainings to support Chapter actions. CRS Club Advisors are invited to join in these calls and share appropriate segments of subsequent recordings with their Club Members.
This Month's Action Guide: Download in English
This Month's Featured Guest: Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of World Food Program USA
Training Topic: How to Craft a Compelling Invitation to Give
Mark your calendar for our monthly calls!
You Can Lead The Way
In a powerful movement, we come together as a community and as individuals to pray, learn and take meaningful action to help all members of our global family to thrive. Together with people across the country, CRS Clubs help lead the way to a better world.
Explore prayers, stories, videos and resources for action for each of CRS’ current campaigns to end global poverty.
Frequently Asked Questions
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As communities of people committed to serving the poor and ending global poverty, CRS Clubs will take action that contributes to CRS’ mission to create transformational change for our global human family.
ADVOCACY: Clubs will work to address the systemic causes of global poverty by developing relationships with their members of Congress, visiting their members’ offices and raising the national profile of pivotal issues like forced migration and malnutrition.
FUNDRAISING: Clubs will support the immediate and long-term needs of our brothers and sisters around the world through giving activities. These activities will allow CRS to be agile and respond to people’s immediate needs as well as help CRS leverage additional funding to reach even more people.
BENEFITS FOR STUDENT MEMBERS: CRS Club Members will gain leadership skills that will allow them to mobilize their communities and make tangible action towards building a better world. They will have the opportunity to build relationships with both their school community and the offices of their members of Congress.
BENEFITS FOR CLUB ADVISORS: Club Advisors will have the opportunity to network with schools and other institutions across the U.S. In addition, there will be future opportunities for regional and national gatherings and travel around the world to witness CRS programming first-hand. Lastly, Club Advisors can lead the way to demonstrating their school’s dedication to Catholic social teaching and global service.
No, there is no fee to join or start a CRS Club.
No, you do not need to be Catholic to join or start a CRS Club. All people are welcomed and encouraged to participate in CRS Clubs.