Wherever we live, whether Stanford or Putnam, we all have our own perception of ‘community.’ Usually these perceptions are formed by the concrete reality of the world immediately around us. Every individual has a voice in shaping the world around them, and every individual can make their voice be heard. Make your council’s voice heard in your community.
» Campaign for People with Intellectual DisabilitiesMore commonly known as the Tootsie Roll Program, raises nearly $150,000 annually by councils handed out tootsie roll candies at stores, street corners, etc. asking for donations from the public. All profits are distributed to agencies throughout Connecticut that support people with intellectual disabilities. Councils are encouraged to participate in this simple and beneficial program.
» Global Wheelchair MissionThe Knights of Columbus and the Global Wheelchair Mission have teamed up to help bring wheelchairs to those who lack freedom of mobility.The Global Wheelchair Mission purchases wheelchairs in bulk and delivers them by sea containers around the world. For every donation of $150 received by the Global Wheelchair Mission, it can deliver a brand new wheelchair which would cost over $500 in a medical supply store. They are shipped in containers of 100 to 280 wheelchairs each directly from the factory to the destination countries at no cost to the recipients.Councils, assemblies, and circles are encouraged to promote this program to their membership, inviting personal consideration, as well as implementing this as an ongoing charitable event. Visit their website www.amwheelchair.org for more information.
» Habitat for HumanityNot only helps people to become homeowners, but actively involves them in the houses’ preparation. This teaches valuable skills, develops confidence and provides experience. There are many ways your council can help families in your community to secure quality housing: Your council could raise money and become a monthly donor, knowing that your donation will be put to good use right away. Council members with a trade background or even those that just like to be active can volunteer their time and talents. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate or visit www.habitat.org for information on volunteer opportunities in your community.
» Fr. McGivney Award BanquetAn annual event that recognizes individuals for their humanitarian efforts, following the vision of Father Michael J. McGivney. Past receipts include Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics; James Ceveziel, actor; Supreme Knights Virgil Dechant and Carl Anderson; and current and past leaders of the Catholic church in Connecticut.[more]