From the moment of our founding of the Terre Haute Knights of Columbus council #541 in 1903, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.
In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.5 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
At the local level our St. Mother Theodore Council #541 is actively involved in service programs such as:
- Annual Lenten Fish Fries at Sacred Heart and St. Benedict
- Lenten Soup Supper at St. Benedict
- Support Our Seminarians Fund
- Active Participation of our Members in their Parishes as Greeters, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and More.
- St. Benedict Soup Kitchen on Wednesdays
- “Keep Christ in Christmas” Display at Deming Park During Christmas in the Park
- Running Bocce Ball Competition at the Special Olympics
- Gibault Christmas Party for the Youth of Gibault
- Free Throw Contests at Ryves Hall and Gibault
- Soccer Challenge for Youth at VCYSA Fields
- Support for Annual Gibault Raffle
- 1st Saturday Prayer with Protectors of God’s Precious Infant Group
- Thanksgiving Barrel Placement and Pickup for Catholic Charities
- Setup and Cleanup for Catholic Charities’ Annual Soup Bowl Benefit
“We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.”
If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.9 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we’d like to meet you and invite you to join us.