As Knights of Columbus, we are called to serve our family and our god. Our first principle is Charity, at home with our families or in our communities. This is a critical part of our Knights of Columbus mission. Have you ever wondered, “How can I make my community better?” Individuals can do great things on their own but there is something bigger than self when Knights of Columbus members come together as one through their council and accomplish great things. Councils that conduct these programs are positively shaping their communities by addressing the needs of its citizens.
Coats for Kids
The Coats for Kids initiative is designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter months. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.
Every council is eligible to participate in Coats for Kids. Coats can be purchased at a cost of $220 per case of 12 (including shipping). Access the Coats for Kids order form at kofc.org/forms.
All cases will contain either boys’ coats or girls’ coats (never both). The size distribution in each case is: two Size S (8), four Size M (10-12), four Size L (14-16) and two Size XL (18). Smaller sizes are also available, and will automatically be included on orders of six cases or more. For orders of less than six cases in which small sizes are desired, please indicate that on the Coats for Kids order form.
Global Wheelchair Mission
The 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 Humanity
Not 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 Banquet
An 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.
Fr. Michael J. McGivney Guild
The Fr. Michael J. McGivney Guild serves as a source for information about the life, works and spirituality of our founder. Guild members receive regular updates on the progress of Fr. McGivney's cause for canonization and are invited to participate in promoting devotion to this Servant of God. Member of the Knights of Columbus are not automatically enrolled as Guild member, and must elect to join.