Knights of Columbus Commemorates the Christmas Season of Giving by Donating $100,000 to Local Charities 2022 charitable-giving efforts assist the most vulnerable populations in New Haven and surrounding area
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council continued its annual charitable-giving efforts in 2022 through donations that serve the most vulnerable populations in New Haven and the surrounding area. This year, the Knights of Columbus donated a total of $100,000 to 18 local charities, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries, assisted living and senior care centers.
“Charitable work has always been at the heart of our mission, since Blessed Michael McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus 140 years ago at New Haven’s St. Mary’s Church,” said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. “The Knights of Columbus and our charitable impact now extend internationally, but New Haven will always be our home. We are proud to continue our support for the charitable organizations that serve our neighbors in need.”
In response to growing food insecurities across Connecticut in 2022, the Knights of Columbus donated $25,000 to Connecticut Foodshare and $10,000 to Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the elderly poor.
Among the organizations receiving charitable donations are: Christ the Bread of Life, St. Luke’s Lunch for Women & Children, St. Thomas More Soup Kitchen, Life Haven, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Columbus House, Connecticut Hospice Inc., Farnam Neighborhood House, Community Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Christian Community Action, A Place to Nourish Your Health (APNH), Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Community Dining Room, and the Mary Wade Home.
For the 13th consecutive year, Knights of Columbus councils held the Knights’ signature Coats for Kids distribution on Black Friday, Nov. 25, handing out thousands of winter coats at sites across the nation. Since the program’s introduction, 8,000 councils throughout the United States and Canada have provided more than 949,000 coats to children in need. In addition, on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, councils collected more than $812,000 in donations, which will be used to secure over 40,800 coats to distribute to children in need next winter.
Additionally, the Knights of Columbus partners with several organizations to strengthen its charitable efforts, including Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, American Wheelchair Mission, Gary Sinise Foundation and Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).
About the Knights of Columbus
In 1882, Blessed Michael McGivney, a young parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut, founded the Knights of Columbus to serve the needs of a largely immigrant Catholic community. What began as a small fraternal benefit society has since grown into one of the world’s leading international charitable organizations, with more than 2 million members in over 16,000 local councils. Last year, Knights around the world donated nearly 48 million service hours and nearly $154 million for worthy causes in their communities. The Knights of Columbus also offers extensive life insurance products to members and their families. Knights of Columbus currently has more than $120 billion* of life insurance in force and was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Insurance Companies 2023. In addition, the Knights provides investment services in accord with Catholic social teaching through Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which holds more than $25 billion in assets under management. Based on the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to strengthening Catholic families and parishes and to practicing faith in action through service to all in need. To learn more or to join the Knights of Columbus, please visit kofc.org/join.