Community Programs

St. John the Apostle Council

Chairman: Michael Brandwein




Knights are called to serve others. Our first principle is Charity - at home with our families and in our communities. When Knights of Columbus members come together as one through their council and parish, they accomplish great things.

Coats for Kids

A Higher Purpose

Provide warmth for deserving children during cold winter months. Councils across North America can purchase new winter coats for children in need at a discount and distribute them in their local communities.


Families struggling to make ends meet use their scarce resources to meet the most basic needs and cannot always afford the vital essential of a new winter coat. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.

Global Wheelchair Initiative

A Higher Purpose

rsvp Change the lives of people with disabilities worldwide. Councils are encouraged to donate at least $150 for a wheelchair. Through partnerships, councils can also purchase a large container of 110 to 280 wheelchairs for their own donation sites. A featured program, Global Wheelchair Mission counts for two credits toward the Columbian Award.


Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with the American Wheelchair Mission and Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, which fall under the umbrella of the Global Wheelchair Mission. The goal of this initiative is to provide aid to those who lack the freedom of mobility in our communities and around the world. Whether councils are presenting wheelchairs to local veterans and neighbors in need or donating funds to benefit those abroad, mobility brings with it independence and dignity.

This an active program. Supplies have been recently evaluated and consolidated. If you or someone you know is in need of a wheelchair, please contact the program chairman.

Free Throw Championship

A Higher Purpose

rsvp Council 13467 offers an athletic outlet for youth ages 9 to 14 in your community.We sponsor a competition by hosting and/or supporting the district, regional and state championships.


Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to provide an athletic outlet and encourage the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. Kids compete within their own gender and age and progress from local level to district, regional and state/province competitions. This program is a great way to introduce the Knights of Columbus to the community and recruit faithful family men of service.

Soccer Challenge

Mike Brandwein, Community Director

rsvp Our council is sponsoring a Youth Soccer Challenge Competition.

All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local and district level competition for the 2022 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local and district level competition will be held on


Event:         Soccer Challange
Date:           Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time:           9am - 12pm
Location:    Salem High School Soccer Field

In the event of inclement weather an alternate date will be announced.

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through the local, district and state competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. All contestants are recognized for their participation in the event. Entry forms are available at the event.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in over 15,000 local councils. The Knights donate over 70 million hours and more than $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their Church, communities, councils, Culture of Life, families and youth.

Helping Hands

FN/PGK Ted Quinter

A Higher Purpose

rsvp Put your faith into action and help those less fortunate in our community.

As we navigate through traffic these days, we are confronted with numerous disadvantaged members of our communities - the homeless, the addicted, the elderly who may feel isolated and abandoned, and many others. They seem to be at every major intersection - asking for our help.

Monitary donations are always welcome but other basic needs are often neglected. To help fill that gap, I am suggesting that Brothers and their families assemble a "Care Packet".


The following items are availbale in the "travel size" section at Walmart, Target and the Dollar Store and are only a suggestion. Please feel free to suppliment the list with any additional items you feel would be of use.

    Suggested Items
  • package of flushable wipes
  • package of "wet ones" wipes
  • sample size deodorant
  • sample size shaving cream
  • disposable razors
  • toothbrush
  • tooth paste
  • sample size mouth wash
  • sample size tissue packs
  • candy bar
  • peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • granola bar
  • pair of heavy duty crew socks
  • handkerchief
  • prayer/inspiration card
Place these and any additional items in a one gallon zip lock bag and carry several in your vehicle as you travel around town.

Hand them out the window to a homeless person begging for help at an intersection.
They will appreciate it!

Finally, please report you generousity to the Council Community Director (Michael Brandwein) when you have distributed at least 6 gift packages in support of the "Helping Hands Program".

Thank you for supporting the disadvantaged in our community!

Special Olympics

Special Olympics are conducted during the first weekend each November. The main goal is to help disabled athletes train for and compete in games around the world.

Area 2 is located on the south side of Hampton Roads and iincludes the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach. Area 2 is the largest in the Southeast Region and the second largest in Virginia, serving 571 athletes throughout Hampton Roads.

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