- Name:Armando Mina
- Phone 1:760-213-1535
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Walk for Life Walks help promote the dignity of life from the moment of Conception to Natural Death. Every human being deserves the respect that Our Father gave us at birth.
The Knights of Columbus encourage all Christians and people of good faith to participate in and support these walks across our great country.
There are three Walk for Life Events in California for 2017.
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When a state council/local council campaign raises one-half of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine for a pro-life pregnancy care center (PCC), the Supreme Council will match the other half of the machine’s cost. Since this is a joint state and local council initiative, the state deputy must be informed at the beginning of the process of local and state council efforts. Throughout the campaign the state deputy should be kept informed of local and state council progress. To qualify for matching funds, a Knights of Columbus state or local council must take the following steps:
1. Locate a pro-life PCC that is prepared to receive and use an ultrasound machine.
2. Present a Diocesan Evaluation (Form #9884) to the (Arch)diocesan culture of life director to determine whether or not the PCC is anti-Catholic in any way (i.e. - some centers have individuals who have attempted to lead Catholic women away from the Church) and if the PCC may participate in the Ultrasound Initiative.
3. Determine that this PCC will be able to staff and operate this machine. This will include assuring that: a. the center is properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate an ultrasound machine b. the center is affiliated with a medical doctor who is willing to oversee the ultrasound machine operations c. the machine will be staffed with licensed and experienced medical personnel d. the center has adequate insurance for operation of the machine
4. After the Diocesan Evaluation has been submitted to and acknowledged as positive by the Supreme Council office, and each of the other criteria above have been met, the PCC officials, including the medical director, should select an ultrasound machine that will fit the center's needs. They should obtain a quote for the purchase price of the machine (not including shipping, taxes, maintenance agreements, extra parts or supplies, etc). The prices of ultrasound machines to date have reflected discounts negotiated with the vendor. In some cases, the discount has been 55% of the list price.
5. Begin fundraising. While the PCC may certainly assist in fund raising, if the PCC raises the funds predominately on its own, without on-going and significant involvement of the local council and/or the state council, the PCC will not be eligible for matching funds from the Supreme Council Office. The Knights of Columbus council must be actively involved in raising the funds for half of the purchase price of the ultrasound machine. In the United States, the state or local council leading the drive should designate, or open, a council bank account to receive the funds. Donated checks should be made out to “Knights of Columbus,” not to the PCC, to assure all donations are counted towards the council’s 50% share of the funds to be raised and matched. In Canada, because of differing tax codes, checks should be payable to the PCC, not to the council. The council leading the fund raising campaign should collect the checks and other donations, list them by name and amount, then turn the funds over to the PCC for deposit.
6. Once the funds for not less than half of the purchase price of the ultrasound machine are raised, the Ultrasound Initiative Application (#4886) should be completed, signed by the state deputy, and submitted to the Supreme Council Office. Enclose other required documents, such as the price quote for the ultrasound machine.
7. According to the same terms as described above, funds may be raised and matched in order to replace a PCC’s machine that has become less effective because of excessive use or outdated technology.
8. Plan a check presentation or ribbon cutting ceremony to be held when the machine arrives or is ready for operation. Be sure to invite the state deputy and determine with the PCC which media to invite. Refer to KofC.org/ultrasound for additional information and for links to and download of the Diocesan Evaluation form and the Ultrasound Initiative application.
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Through the Knights of Columbus Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP), councils, assemblies and Squires circles “adopt” one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support. RSVP money is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights provide more than financial support, though. Members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations. Last year, financial help from 2,628 councils, assemblies and circles to future priests, sisters and brothers, exceeded $3 million. Since 1981 the Order has provided more than $52.9 million in aid through RSVP, helping more than 85,900 men and women follow their vocations. Qualifying councils and assemblies receive a $100 refund for every $500 donated, up to a limit of $2,000 donated to an individual, while the refund for Squires is $20 for every $100 donated. In the Philippines and Mexico, councils and assemblies receive the equivalent in local currency of $50 for every $250 donated.
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. As a nonprofit Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate substandard housing and end homelessness around the globe. They were founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. Through a combination of fundraising and volunteering to help build new houses for a deserving family who would otherwise not be able to afford a home on their own, local Councils can make a significant difference within their community. Michael Jones will be heading up the Habitat for Humanity Program for the State of California. Michael looks forward to working with you to help your council promote the Knights of Columbus partnership with Habitat for Humanity program. The Habitat for Humanity Council Form 10092 is located on the Supreme Website under Publications & Resources, Council Forms.
It is estimated that between 7 and 8 million Americans of all ages, or three percent of the general population, experience intellectual disabilities. Nearly 30 million, or one in ten families in the United States, are directly affected by a person with intellectual disabilities at some point in their lifetime.
The Columbian Foundation Supporting People With Intellectual Disabilities, Inc. (the Foundation) has as its mission to promote and provide financial support to IRS 50 l (c)(3) organizations providing care and activities for people with intellectual disabilities. This often overlooked and marginalized portion of society often has difficulty in communicating and ad vocating needs. People with intellectual disabilities learn and process information more slowly, and have difficulty with abstract concepts such as money, time and the subtleties of interpersonal interactions. They may also suffer from autism or sensory impairments or be physically disabled.
It is important the care, safety and quality of life for these individuals be assured, and tailored to their individual needs. It is also important opportunities be provided to interact with the general public, and methods be devised to raise and maintain their self- esteem. To the extent possible, they should be empowered to be independent and involved in their community. The foundation does this with the help of participating Knights of Columbus Councils through cash grants to schools, residential care facilities, work training centers, summer camps and Special Olympics. In the 25 years the Foundation has been in existence, over $16,400,000 has been raised for organizations serving those with intellectual disabilities. Social Justice - if we don't do it, Who Will?
The Foundation Board is composed of l9 members, holding formal meetings at least twice within a fiscal year. In addition, the Foundation submits semi- annual reports to the Knights of Columbus California State Council, and over 600 Knights of Columbus councils in the State of California. These reports are the vehicle through which information is provided to state, regional and local leadership regarding participation and issues pertaining to those with intellectual disabilities.
When our country needed them our veterans answered the call to serve. Now Knights are being called to serve our veterans through a new program: "Serving Those Who Served."
Our goal is to have an active corps of Knights serving as volunteers at every Veterans Administration medical facility in California.
Volunteers are needed at veteran's medical facilities on a regular basis. Through the "Serving Those Who Served" program councils and assemblies are asked to form a corps of volunteers to meet the needs of our veterans on an ongoing basis.
Just some volunteer opportunities for Knights include:
Supporting the Catholic chaplains in their ministry of spiritual support to our Catholic patients
Providing reception and information services – working in reception areas to provide information to visitors
Providing transportation for veterans.
Helping make patients comfortable by distributing toiletries, sweaters and other items that help make veterans more comfortable
Arts and crafts – providing materials and programs that help veterans use artistic and creative skills
Upon discharge from the VA facility some veterans find they have lost touch with friends and family. They need human companionship and a friendly, dependable K of C volunteer might be "just what the doctor ordered."
Discharged veterans need compassionate, caring and committed individuals to:
Sometimes councils and assemblies are not located close enough to a veteran's medical facility to make regular efforts practical. However, they may still participate in and make a valuable contribution to the "Serving Those Who Served" program.
The possibilities are limited only by the imagination and the needs of the veterans. For instance:
Organize a drive to collect clothing, coats, gloves, pajamas, robes, toiletries, etc. for veterans
Organize program to provide rosaries, Bibles, Catholic religious literature, and Chapel items like Mass bells, Easter candle holders, altar lines
Volunteer as Eucharistic Ministers to take Communion to bed patients
Collecting or developing a plan to buy television sets, VCRs, DVD players or stereo equipment to donate for use in medical facility common areas
Collect video and audio tapes, books, DVD and CDs for the facility
Develop a plan to donate personal computers and computer programs, printers (as well paper and ink) for use by veterans
Travel to a VA facility to put on a special program or entertainment for patients
Plan and conduct a special outing, if possible, for veterans such as a picnic, a trip to the ball park or a special community event
Plan a special holiday event and travel to the facility to conduct it for the veterans or adopt veterans at a distant facility and remember them regularly with cards and letters.
California has Eight Major Veterans Hospitals in two regions (21 Northern & 22 Southern California). Some of these Hospitals have as many at 35 sub-clinics, ranging from outpatient clinics to small in house facilities. Locate a facility near your council and get involved with them in some way.