Citizens with Disablilities Campaign also known as the “Tootsie Roll Drive” is one of the most successful programs the Knights of Columbus conducts to raise monies for the various charities it supports. Local organizations benefiting from these drives are listed below:
Space Coast Early Intervention Center: Brevard’s premier preschool for children ages 13 months to 5 years with or without special needs. SCEIC’s unique inclusive program ensures equal opportunities for children regardless of ability. For more information go to www.sceic.com.
Promise in Brevard: The goal of Promise is to provide a housing choice for those with special needs. Residents will have an inclusive, safe and fun place to live that includes vocational opportunities with on-site training and continuing education. More information can be on their web site at www.promiseinbrevard.com.
Habitat for Humanity: assists in providing quality-built, affordable homes to needy families by cooperatively involving the future homeowner with volunteers and suppliers to build or renovate homes. Knights have volunteered hours on over 620,000 homes. Habitat building projects are excellent opportunities for members, their families, and parishioners to perform corporal works of mercy and to show prospective members what the Knights of Columbus is all about. Visit their web site at www.brevardhabitat.com
Relay for Life: Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it is an organized overnight community fundraising event to “finish the fight” against cancer. Teams of people camp out around a track with members taking turns walking around the track. This a family friendly environment with food, games, and entertainment. See www.relayforlife.com for information on starting a team.
Special Olympics : Provides adults and children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities opportunities to participate in athletic competition. The Knights of Columbus has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics since its inception by contributing millions of dollars and volunteer hours. The games build strength and character among the athletes, inspire all those who participate. For information see www.sobrevard.org
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Made up of volunteer men and women who want to serve their fellow man in a charitable way, St. Vincent de Paul provides foods, supplies and other items to those in need. Our local organization is located at the corner of Malabar Rd. and Battersea St. Most capably led by brother Knight Frank O’Neil and volunteers the they are always needing more volunteers and non-parishable food supplies.