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Campaign Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities

“Empowering Programs that Empower People”

Why we support people with intellectual disabilities!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a radical invitation to get beyond our own self-centered worldview.  Jesus announced that we are all children of God and we need to do our part to protect and liberate the most vulnerable children of God. In doing this, it is also important to remember that some of God’s most vulnerable children are people with intellectual disabilities. Jesus teaches us, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). If we truly believe that people with intellectual disabilities are God’s children, how would we behave differently?

Campaign Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities

Supporting and assisting people with intellectual disabilities have been an ongoing program supported by the Knights of Columbus for many years. This is the largest program that California Knights are involved in and every council should make an effort to participate. This program unites Knights throughout California in charity and love of our bothers. We are what we do.

Through annual fundraising, Knights have been able to successfully collect donations for the Intellectual Disability Program outside stores, on street corners, in their parishes, and through appeals to local businesses. In appreciation, the donor is offered a Tootsie Roll. The high visibility of this program has led to the campaign being referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.” This year’s Drive will take place Oct. 20, 21 & 22, 2017 and we need you to help support people with intellectual disabilities.

The drive handbook, publication materials and all forms are available on the Columbian Foundation website, http://www.columbian-foundation.com and were emailed to your Financial Secretary.

The Drive Handbook is designed to provide as much assistance as possible. It has been written to carry you through the Annual Fund Raising Drive, from the selection of the Council’s Chairman to the final accounting, reporting and distribution of funds.

The success of any fund raising venture is predicated on planning, organization, setting goals and people. These four ingredients will help you achieve your goals.

We sincerely request that each Council work with us and should there be any questions pertaining to the above, please do not hesitate. We are here to assist you, and we are anxious for your success.

Ray Warriner
Intellectual Disabilities, Chairman