Knights of Columbus Council #5528

Hemet, California

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From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action. 

Last year alone, in addition to raising and donating more than $154 million to charitable needs and projects, Knights volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes. We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of faith. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the “practice of a community.” 

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.

If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of 1.8 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us.

The Knights’ annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2010, indicated that, despite a soft economy, total charitable contributions reached $154,651,852 – exceeding the previous year’s total by more than $3 million.

The figure includes $29,083,191 donated by the Supreme Council, and $125,568,661 in contributions from state and local councils, assemblies and Squires circles.

Sixty percent of the contributions were for projects at the community level, many involving youth activities. Large donations during the period included $1 million distribution for a Food for Families program and $1 million for an effort in cooperation with Project Medishare to give prosthetics to Haitian children who lost limbs during the January 2010 earthquake.

The survey also indicated that the quantity of volunteer service hours to charitable causes by Knights grew to 70,049,433 – an increase of 797,507 hors compared to 2009. There were more than 428,000 Knights of Columbus blood donations during the year.

Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.406 billion to charity, and provided more than 653 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.

Locally in Hemet What We Do...

This is one of the projects that the Knights are involved in and also, the ladies auxiliary.

It is estimated that more than 100 million people throughout the world are in need of a wheelchair but cannot afford one. These people cannot be helped by canes, crutches, walkers or prosthetics. A wheelchair is their only hope for mobility. We, the California Knights of Columbus, provide many of these wheelchairs. Since 2003, the Knights of Columbus has funded the delivery of tens of thousands of wheelchairs around the world, and right here at home.


Other local Hemet projects are:
1.  Providing scholarships to students at St. Hyacinths for Notre Dame hi school
2.  Providing $500.00 for 3 seminarians
3.  Providing funds for 2 local Mentally Handicapped organizations in Hemet and raising the funds thru our tootsie roll drives
4.  Providing assistance and gifts for the annual feast for Our Lady, Holy Spirit, and St. Anthony's
5.  Holding spaghetti dinners to raise the funds for the above projects
6.  Supporting a Honduras orphanage with donations
7.  Supporting the Cambonni missionaries
There are probably other projects that I have forgotten, but the above should give you a fair idea of how the Knights are involved

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