Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

A Higher Purpose
Build homes for families in need. Knights of Columbus 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.

Overview
Knights of Columbus councils work closely with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization, to build homes for families in need at substantially reduced costs. Each year, councils throughout the world 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.

Action Steps

  1. Contact the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in your area for information on upcoming projects. (Contact information can be found at www.habitat.org or by e-mailing volunteer@habitat.org.)
  2. Develop a calendar of Habitat for Humanity project dates.
  3. Provide information to council members and parishioners well in advance of an upcoming project so that they can participate and prepare.
  4. Build public interest for each event! Promote your council’s Habitat for Humanity in your parish and larger community through a variety of efforts:
    • Prominently display promotional posters (which can be ordered through Supplies Online)
    • Bulletin announcements
    • Pulpit announcements
    • Posting on your council and parish website / social media pages
  5. On the day of the event, wear Knights of Columbus-branded apparel and have the council membership director bring brochures and membership documents (including Prospect Cards #921A). Do not forget that this event is a recruiting opportunity!
  6. Enlist a fellow Knight or community member to photograph the event.
  7. To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Please note: councils must donate a minimum of $1,000 or 200 service hours to Habitat for Humanity projects in their community to satisfy program requirements. Retain copies of all reports for your council records.
    • Immediately after your event is finished, complete the Habitat for Humanity Report Form (#10092) and Community Report Form (forthcoming)
    • At the end of the fraternal year, complete your Columbian Award Application (#SP-7)


Resources

Habitat for Humanity Resources

  1. #10628- Habitat for Humanity - Brochure
  2. #10729- Habitat for Humanity - Report Form
  3. #10631- Habitat for Humanity - Vertical Poster
  4. #10630- Habitat for Humanity - Horizontal Poster
  5. #10629- Habitat for Humanity - Participant Certificate