Community Program

Every community has its unique needs. For the Knights of Columbus, whose first principle is charity, finding ways to help those in need in their communities is a mission its members embrace. Through their good works, whether it be bringing food to the hungry, warm coats to the cold, wheelchairs to those who can’t walk, or any of the many programs conducted to help those in need, the Knights of Columbus practices a charity that evangelizes.

The purpose of the Community program is to involve the Council in the following activities related to our community:

BINGO

Cristo Rey High School Mentoring/Assistance

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival

Fall Festival Support

Food for the Needy

Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Homeless Shelter

I CARE

Soapbox Derby Cookout

Stand Up for Kids

SignUpGenius is used to solicit volunteers for: Habitat for Humanity Work Day, Homeless Shelter, Dunwoody Butterfly Festival, Fall Festival Support, and Soapbox Derby.

BINGO

Timeframe and Location:  BINGO is played monthly at 7:30 PM on the fourth Thursday night (third Thursday in November and December) in the All Saints Parish Hall.
Purpose:  This activity provides a monthly social activity for parishioners and Dunwoody residents in collaboration with the Citizens of Dunwoody (COD).  Profits generated by the COD provide funds to support Council charities.
Activity Description:  The Citizens of Dunwoody BINGO provides a fun-filled evening, complete with a light meal, and a cash bar for beverages.  Brother Knights staff the event, on behalf of the COD.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are screened by Georgia State and IRS 501(c)3 criteria.  Once cleared, they assist the COD’s BINGO committee.  Volunteers are needed to help:
– Set-up gaming operations, conduct the BINGO’s, and break-down afterwards,
– Prepare and serve the food and beverages, and
– Clean-up at the end of the evening.

Interested?  Contact the Activity Chair.

Cristo Rey High School

Timeframe and Location:  This activity takes place throughout the year.
Purpose:  This activity provides mentoring support for Cristo Rey High School students.
Activity Description:  Depending on your work or life skills, you may be able to mentor Cristo Rey students to help them make decisions that will have positive influences on their lives.

Interested?  Contact the Activity Chair.  More information is available at Cristo Rey High School.

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival

Timeframe and Location:  This festival takes place on a Saturday afternoon in August.
Activity Description:  One of the most fun cooking events during the year is the Butterfly Festival.  It’s easy!  Knights only cook and serve the food the organizers provide.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are needed to help:
– Transport the grill to and from the event, and
– Cook and serve meals purchased by festival attendees.

More information is available at the Dunwoody City website.

Fall Festival Support

Timeframe and Location:  September-October
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to raise funds from the sale of beverages at the All Saints Fall Festival.  Proceeds are used to support Council charities.
Activity Description:  Beverages are served and a cash bar is maintained during a 2 – 3 hour shift in front of McGivney Hall.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are needed to help:
– Set-up tent and beverages,
– Serve a 2 – 3 hour shift selling beverages, and
– Break-down tent and beverages.

For more information, contact the Activity Chair.

Food for the Needy

Timeframe and Location:  This activity takes place throughout the year.
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to pick-up donated grocery goods (normally bread and bakery products) from local Dunwoody stores such as Publix and Costco for distribution to the local needy.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are needed to help pick-up and drop-off donated groceries within a 4-mile radius of All Saints.

Interested?  Contact the Activity Chair.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Timeframe and Location:  This activity usually takes place in August or September at the All Saints Habitat for Humanity build site.
Purpose:  Council Brothers and families/friends support one weekend workday at the house that All Saints Habitat for Humanity is building.
Activity Description:  Six to eight hours of manual labor are provided on a Saturday during the building of an All Saints Habitat for Humanity home.  No experience is needed.  The staff will match your skills with work you can do well.  A well-deserved lunch is served.  Appropriate attire is comfortable work clothes appropriate for the weather.  Don’t forget sunscreen!  All tools and hard hats are provided.  Adults and children 16 years of age and older are welcome.  Volunteers may carpool from McGivney Hall.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Around 30 Brothers/family members are needed to help:
– Provide manual labor, as directed by staff,
– Transport the grill (if used) to and from the Habitat for Humanity build site, and
– Cook the meat, if provided by the Council (all other condiments/sides prepared by the All Saints parish volunteers).

Click here to view photos of the Knights working on the All Saints #24 Habitat Home – 2017.

For more information, contact the Activity Chair.

Homeless Shelter

Timeframe and Location:  This activity takes place two Sunday evenings each year, one in November or December, and one in January or February.
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to prepare sandwiches (breakfast takeaways) and dinners for homeless men in the downtown Atlanta area, deliver and serve the food, and staff the shelter overnight.
Activity Description:  Meeting in the All Saints gym, sandwiches are prepared by volunteers.  After the arrival of other parish dinner meals, volunteers drive/carpool to the Homeless Shelter location, normally at downtown Atlanta’s Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Volunteers serve the food, clean up the kitchen, and retire for the night to onsite beds.  Sandwiches are distributed in the morning and volunteers leave about 8:00 AM.  Volunteers who can’t stay overnight can depart after the Sunday evening meal.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are needed:
– In the All Saints gym to prepare sandwiches, and
– At the homeless shelter to prepare and serve food, clean-up the kitchen, and staff the shelter overnight.

More information is available at IC Outreach Central Night Shelter.

I CARE (Interfaith Companion and Ride Express)

Timeframe and Location:  This activity takes place year-round.
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to provide volunteer drivers and transportation to DeKalb seniors for their medical appointments.
Activity Description:  Volunteers, using their own vehicles, transport DeKalb seniors to and from their medical appointments.  A central coordinator ensures that volunteers receive requests based on their availability and schedule.

Interested?  Contact the Activity Chair.

Soapbox Derby Cookout

Timeframe and Location:  This annual activity takes place on a Saturday in May or June in the parking lot of First Baptist Atlanta, in Dunwoody.
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale to Soapbox Derby participants and observers.
Activity Description:  Brother Knights work a 2 – 3 hour shift preparing, cooking and serving hamburgers/hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages at this event.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are needed to help:
– Transport the grill to the Soapbox Derby location,
– Set-up tent, grill and beverages,
– Work a 2 – 3 hour shift cooking and serving food and beverages, and
– Clean-up the area and transport the grill back to the KofC garage.

More information is available at Dunwoody Soapbox Derby.

For more information about this activity, contact the Activity Chair.

Stand up for Kids

Timeframe and Location:  This activity occurs one weekday evening, year-round.
Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to help homeless, at-risk teens find a place where they can talk to qualified counselors and fellow teens.
Activity Description:  Weekly, volunteers assist as needed at the Stand Up for Kids shelter or as a Street Outreach Volunteer connecting with homeless and at-risk youth (24 years old and younger) on the streets of Atlanta.  Volunteers will provide resources, toiletries, snack packs, and harm reduction counseling to address the risks associated with street life.

Interested?  Contact the Activity Chair.  More information is available at Stand Up for Kids.