Knights Of Columbus

Alaska Knights In Action

Fraternal year 2015-2016

Title: Habitat for Humanity 

Council: 12290

Category: Community

Date: 03/12/2016

Purpose of activity: Council 12290 Knights participated in helping the Habitat for Humanity project in Anchorage Alaska donating ~100 manhours to their current project. Knights working to provide assistance to siding and roofing contractors for a large unit set to house a family of 5 this spring.

Description: Council members we on board early to spend the day helping Habitat for Humanity complete a 4 bedroom house
for a family of five. Project work included siding and roof repair as well as sheetrock. We have continued to reach out to the St Benedict's comunity to assist future donations to Habitat for Humanity by sponsoring material donations by taking up collections and assisting in future events.

   

 


Title:   Supporting Anchorage Community Special Olympics

Council: 9830, John A. Forsting Council, Eagle River AK

Category: Community

Date: 01/01/2015

Purpose of activity: Supporting Anchorage Community Special Olympics Throughout the full calendar Year, 01/01/2015 through 12/31/2015

Description: Council 9830 members and families actively support Special Olympics throughout the year. The largest event was the Law Enforcement Torch Run at West High in Anchorage on May 16, 2015.
The Torch Run is the primary fund raiser for the Anchorage Community of Special Olympics. Funds raised by the Torch Run pay for bowling alley fees, after-hours rent of school gyms and swimming pools, and other community facilities for practices necessary to qualify Special Olympics Athletes for Local Games and State Games. One Council member Chaired the Law Enforcement Committee that organized the 2015 Torch Run. In the two weeks prior to the Torch Run Council members with their families volunteered at a table that collected $856 donations from parish members after Masses May 2-3 and May 9-10. Also, the “hat was passed” at the May 11 Council Business Meeting and individual Knights contribute an additional $540, for a total of $1,396 donated to the Anchorage Torch Run. The Torch Run’s Opening Ceremony included three of our Fourth Degree Knights who joined other Color Corps members from the Archbishop Ryan Assembly and the Father Melbourne Assembly, and led by the Master of the Fourth Degree for the Presentation and Salute of the Flag. During the 5K race, six Council members and family members grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and a drink and then served approximately 200 runners, walkers, strollers, riders, and other volunteers as they completed the Torch Run. In planning the Torch Run three Council members obtained food service training and obtained required Municipal permits on behalf of the Anchorage Community Special Olympics.
Collectively for 2015 Council 9830 and families volunteered a total of 755 hours to Special Olympics during four state game events, and 36 local games and weekly practices. 2015 was the 12th year one of our Council member and his wife are the co-head coaches of the 31 Special Olympics Athletes that practice at the Eagle River Bowl. Other family members of council members also volunteer and assist at practices, Local Games and State Games for Winter Sports Cross Country Skiers Nov – Mar, Track and Field Summer Sports Mar – June, Bocce Ball Jun – Sep, and Bowling Aug – Nov.

   

 


Title:   Thanksgiving Blessing

Council: St Patrick's Parish, council 11745

Category: Community

Date: 11/23/2015

Purpose of activity: The purpose of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project is, in collaboration with the Food Bank of Alaska, to bring together the people of the local community, including other faith groups, local businesses, public and private schools, and the parish, to gather the resources, in terms of time (volunteers) talent (organizers) and treasures (donations) in order to provide food for a Thanksgiving meal to those in need in the local area,

Description: Thanksgiving Blessing is a powerful, community focused project done in collaboration with faith groups, Catholic Social Services, schools, businesses, individual volunteers, and most importantly the Food Bank of Alaska. The Knights of Columbus, Council 11745, at St Patrick’s Parish have been the leaders of this project at the St Patrick’s site for the last decade. This project is not only a blessing to the clients receiving the distribution, but also to those that support it. This sharing of caring is a powerful force that brings the community together.

The primary purpose of the project is to provide food for Thanksgiving to families in need across the Anchorage, and in the Mat-Su Valley. The secondary purpose is to develop a strong sense of community through the collaborative process during the execution of the project. St Patrick’s has been one of the several sites in Anchorage to participate in this program.

The project has four basic phases: planning, preparation, execution and recovery. For the sites the project period extends over several months with the distribution on the Monday before Thanksgiving being the culminating event.

Planning Phase: This phase consists of several planning meetings with the Food Bank and the other site coordinators. Due to work conflicts the St Patrick’s site is represented by the Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Social Services. This year a key item of interest was whether or not we were going to continue to provide frozen pumpkin pies on the menu. Since this one item represents about 30% of the total food cost the sites agreed to discontinue offering the pies. Catholic Social Services also supports this project by managing the volunteers. During the planning phase we review the volunteer plan to ensure we have enough of the right folks at the right time. There are about eight different positions to fill during the event including greeters, registration, personal shoppers, stockers, and carry out.

Preparation Phase:  During this phase there are a myriad of activities to garner resources necessary to conduct the distribution.  We coordinate with the schools in the area to conduct food drives. This year we had 5 local and two Catholic schools conduct food drives. We also partnered with local businesses to provide support. This year, as in years past Fred Meyers provided reusable shopping bags and shopping carts. New to the team was Lowes, who donated boxes used for our “To Go” meals. This was a new concept we tried this year. We also established our information campaign which included a display in the parish gathering area, a food drive at the parish, and our annual “spare change” collection. We also had information flyers that were available at the display and included in the weekly bulletin. During this phase the Food Bank also set up their website so donations for the specific sites could be made through them. Catholic Social Services activate the volunteer sign-up web site. At the conclusion of the preparation phase the food collections were picked up and counted. This year we were followed by a news crew from KTVA, channel 11, during the food collection pick-ups throughout the day. This culminates the preparation phase.

Execution Phase:  This phase begins on the Sunday before the distribution. The Food Bank delivers the dry goods and produce on Sunday, the day before the distribution. This is required due to the volume of food that has to be delivered to all of the sites.  The second delivery is on distribution day and consists of all of the frozen goods.  This delivery showed up at 5:45am. At this point everything is focused on setting up the site for the distribution. Tab A is a slide show that is screen shots from a GoPro Camera taking a time lapse video of the entire event. It covers all of the key tasks that have to be accomplished to prepare the hall for the distribution. Tab B is the slide show from the previous year with pictures taken throughout the day. Both of these give an appreciation for the amount of work required to prepare the site.  One of the key aspects to this project is ensuring we take care of the volunteers. Usually they just work for a shift of a couple of hours, but many of them are there the entire day. The Knights provide both lunch and dinner for the volunteers. We also receive support from the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Normally a contingent of 20-30 cadets helps with our effort.

The flow for the clients is to go into the church to the registration station; once they have registered they wait until their number is called; they are escorted to the hall for the distribution. In the hall they link up with a personal shopper who assists them in their selections from a preset menu which is based on the size of the family; then they are escorted back to their vehicle and depart. Our average client time on site is no more than 90 minutes and usually less than an hour. At the end of the day the Food Bank recovers any remaining frozen goods. The remaining dry goods and produce are held for the St Francis food pantry.

Recovery Phase: The following morning begins the recovery phase.  This includes returning all borrowed equipment, taking the cardboard to the recycling center, and ensuring the remaining food is delivered to St Francis. The site is checked to make sure everything has been returned to its original state.

 

 


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