- Contact leaders from local nonprofit organizations to discuss how the council and parish can best assist them in their work.
- As a council, generate program ideas that would benefit those less fortunate in the community. Efforts could include:
- As a parish, cook and/or serve food at no charge at a local soup kitchen or parish hall. (This could be a good family activity.)
- As a council, assist in cleaning and repairing the facilities of a local nonprofit organization (i.e., fixing broken tables, painting walls).
- Hold classes to teach trade skills (electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.).
- Organize collection drives for specific supplies such as blankets, backpacks, toiletries, and clothing.
- Raise money for a local soup kitchen, homeless shelter or other nonprofit organization through various events. Money could go toward the purchase of specific supplies and appliances, such as a new large freezer or dishwasher, or it could be donated in bulk.
- Build public interest for the program! Promote your Helping Hands activities 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
- Conduct your Helping Hands program.
- On the day of the event, wear Knights of Columbus-branded apparel and have the council membership director set up a table with brochures and membership documents (including Prospect Cards #921A). Do not forget that this event is a recruiting opportunity!
- Enlist a fellow Knight or community member to photograph the event.
- To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records.
- Participating in Helping Hands does not satisfy the programming requirements for the Food for Families program. The two activities are separate and cannot be double-counted.
- This program is intended to be broad reaching within your community and not specific to certain individuals. It should address the needs of whole groups.
Helping Hands Resources
All supplies and kits should be ordered by your council Grand Knight or Financial Secretary using the Supplies Online application available through Officers Online. Please note that Guide Sheets, Press Releases, etc. are available below as PDFs.
- #10635- Helping Hands - Brochure
- #10636- Helping Hands - Vertical Poster
- #10617- Helping Hands - Guide Sheet