Community Director

December 2018

New FAITH IN ACTION Model - Supreme Recommended Programs

  • Coats for Kids (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Global Wheelchair Mission (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Habitat for Humanity (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Disaster Preparedness - Indiana is assisting hurricane victims.
  • Free Throw Championship - Plans should be started ASAP!
  • Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest - Plans should be started ASAP!
  • Soccer Challenge - State Finals were held October 21st! Champions were crowned. [see winners chart & photo below]
  • Helping Hands (new - required for Columbian)
Brother Knights,
I have been informed by Supreme that the essay contest theme for this year is: "How does your family keep its Catholic faith in Action?"  Hopefully, some councils are planning to do this programming activity and it is one of the recommended programs by Supreme. 
I have reviewed the first five months of Community activities reported for the fraternal year.  I will be contacting some councils concerning their activities reported.  I am pleased that 120 activities were reported by 57 councils.  However, this does mean that 149 councils have not reported any Community activities yet.  So far I have credited 19 of these as “Helping Hands” programs for the new model.  The following are activities that have been credited as “Helping Hands”:
  • 541-Terre Haute-helped out at St. Benedicts soup kitchen.
  • 560-Muncie-prepared 145 sack lunches for soup kitchen in Muncie.
  • 3433-Indianapolis-monthly breakfasts for charity-donations to Hearts and Hands.
  • 4377-Brazil-set up mobile food pantry through Catholic Charities and served 50 families in low income area.
  • 4511-Warsaw-hosted community meal for August serving 191 meals.
  • 6323-Syracuse-held a fundraiser for local young person needing transplant.
  • 7235-Columbia City-built a wheel chair ramp for elderly woman in need.
  • 7544-Evansville-built a wheel chair ramp for elderly woman in need.
  • 12417-Fort Wayne-prepared food for 270 students, parents and faculty in “Back to School Bash”.
  • 13142-Yoder-cleaned up a fallen tree from a storm for an elderly citizen in need.
  • 13971-Arcola-helped a needy widow with roofing, painting plumbing…
  • 16065-Fort Wayne-painted house for elderly citizen in need.
It has been encouraging that 14 councils have reported blood drives and have collected 575 units of blood across the state.  As far as the Special Olympics, 46 councils have filed the Ambassador forms.  This does mean that 160 councils still need to name an SOI Ambassador and file the state form.  This is a very easy thing to accomplish…please have someone in your council step up and be an SOI Ambassador.  
Also, please remember to comply with the SAFE Environment program to work with youth at both the Supreme level as well as your Diocesan requirements.  Remember that if you do not comply with the SAFE Environment program, you will not win any awards and we all need to make sure we are protecting our youth in every way we can. 
Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers.  Keep the reports coming!   
Joe Erpelding 
Community Director
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