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.

Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

A Higher Purpose

rsvp Encourage youth in your community to become citizens grounded in their faith through creative writing. Open to all Catholic students (public, private, home, or parochial schools) in grades 8 to 12 during the current school year.


This contest encourages today's youth to be more connected to their community and their faith. The goal of this program is to involve young Catholics in 8th through 12th grade (public, private, parochial or home schools) in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values. The essay should be approximately 500-750 words on a specific subject, changing every other year. Entrants will be judged on grammar, style, and how clearly they present the theme - which should showcase creativity, imagination and overall development of the topic.

Soccer Challenge

rsvp This activity provides an athletic outlet for youth ages 9 to 14 in our community to compete in a safe and friendly venue. It's designed for players to demonstrate their skills in the penalty kick.

All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the
2018 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge.
The competition is designed for players to demonstrate the most basic of soccer skills - the penalty kick. Each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line. The goal will be divided into a series of five scoring zones. The upper corners of the goal will be designated as 20 points. The lower corners will be designated as 10 points and the central region is as five points.

Local competition will be held on


Event:         Soccer Challange
Date:           Sunday, September 9, 2019
Time:           1 - 3pm
Location:    SJA Gym

The event is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.

Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent.

Parents/guardians, please show your phone number and email address on the Entry Form.

Helping Hands

A Higher Purpose

rsvp Put your faith into action and help those less fortunate in your community. In the model of Knights of Columbus founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, councils will lead efforts to assist those most in need. Guidelines for this program are broad and can include forming partnerships with local aid organizations or independently planning unique activities.


The Helping Hands program is designed to recognize the important work many councils already do to care for the most disadvantaged members of our communities - the homeless, the addicted, the elderly who may feel isolated and abandoned, and many others. Through this program, councils will aid the needy through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as serving at or running a soup kitchen, repairing the facilities of a local service organization or something entirely unique. The requirements for this program are very broad in order to allow councils to serve their community in whatever way is most needed.

Volunteers from our Council meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am at the Food Lion across from the church. Items are then transported a short distance to the Sullivan House to help those in need, Fr. Rb is very supportive of this effort.

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.

Public Relations


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