Community

community program model

Programs in this category are designed to serve our families, in our communities. As a Council we are encouraged to make the community we live in better.

Coats for Kids (featured)

Provide warmth for kids in the winter months. Councils can purchase winter coats at a discount from Supreme. This featured program earns two credits towards the Columbian Award.

Global Wheel Chair Mission (featured)

The goal is to provide wheelchairs to all those who lack the freedom of mobility, changing the lives of people with disabilities worldwide. This is a great opportunity to put your Faith into Action an involve the entire Parish. The program includes fund raising in order to purchase discounted wheelchairs. This featured program earns two credits towards the Columbian Award.

Habitat for Humanity

Each year, councils throughout the order donate a considerable number of volunteer hours and dollars to this worthy cause. In order to satisfy program requirements, councils are asked to donate a minimum of $1,000 — or 200 service hours — to Habitat for Humanity projects in their community. A featured program, Habitat for Humanity counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

Disaster Preparedness

This program motivates councils to take a holistic approach to emergency situations by promoting readiness in times of crisis, assessing response capabilities, and learning how to properly respond well ahead of a disaster. Councils will engage their parish and community in disaster preparedness exercises by organizing trainings, fund raisers and various awareness activities.

Free Throw championship

Provide an athletic outlet for youth ages 9 to 14 in your community. This is a great way for Councils to engage in their communities with an athletic event for youth that encourages the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition.This program is a great way to introduce the order to your community and recruit faithful family men of service.

Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

Encourage youth in your community to become citizens grounded in their Faith through creative writing. Open to all Catholic students (public, private, home, or parochial schools) in grades 8 to 12 during the current school year. Involve young Catholics in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values. Essay topics will change every year; and judged on grammar, style and presentation of the topic, showcasing the students creativity and imagination.

Soccer Challenge

Provide an athletic outlet for youth ages 9 to 14 in your community. This is a great way for Councils to engage in their communities with an athletic event for youth that encourages the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. This program is a great way to introduce the order to your community and recruit faithful family men of service.

Helping Hands (new)

Through this program, councils will aid the needy through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as serving at or running a soup kitchen, repairing the facilities of a local service organization or something entirely unique. Council participation in Helping Hands is required to qualify for the Columbian award.