Through the good works of council members, whether it be bringing food to the hungry, warm coats to the cold, wheelchairs to those who can’t walk, or any of the many other programs conducted to help those in need, the Knights of Columbus practices a charity that evangelizes by being visible in their communities.
Coats for Kids
With many families with young children continuing to struggle in these challenging economic times, there has never been a better time for Knights of Columbus councils to help by providing warm winter coats to children in their communities through the Order’s Coats for Kids program.
Food for Families
The need for food to feed hungry families is ongoing. Keep up the good work by helping others have enough to eat during these tough times. Hold a Knights of Columbus Food for Families program to obtain food for local soup kitchens or food pantries.
The Knights’ commitment to Special Olympics and to hundreds of grassroots programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is an expression of its belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being.
In July 2015 the Special Olympics World games will be held in Los Angeles, California. The Knights of Columbus pledged $1.4 million to ensure that every qualified athlete from the United States and Canada are able to participate in the games. This event will require 30,000 volunteers to assist in making this a memorable moment for the 7,000 athletes coming from over 177 countries throughout the world.
Blood Donations/ Partners for Life
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian organization founded in 1976 that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness one family at a time. The organization assists in providing quality-built, affordable homes to needy families by cooperatively involving the future homeowner with community volunteers and suppliers to build or renovate the home. To date, Habitat for Humanity has provided more than 4 million people with safe, personal shelter by completing 800,000 houses in more than 100 countries with a goal of a million homes around the world.
In addition to a down payment, recipients work alongside the construction crew and volunteers, and are then provided an affordable mortgage plan. The Knights of Columbus enthusiastically supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity, which not only helps people to become homeowners, but actively involves them in the houses’ preparation. This teaches valuable skills, develops confidence and provides experience.
Members can volunteer to help build either in Winnipeg or one of our chapter communities at: http://www.habitat.mb.ca/chapters-existing.cfm