New FAITH IN ACTION Model - Supreme Recommended Programs
- Coats for Kids (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
- Global Wheelchair Mission (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
- Habitat for Humanity (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
- Disaster Preparedness
- Free Throw Championship
- Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest
- Soccer Challenge
- Helping Hands (new - required for Columbian)
I have been informed by Supreme that the essay contest theme for this year is: How does your family keep its Catholic faith in Action? Hopefully, some councils are planning to do this programming activity and it is one of the recommended programs by Supreme.
I have reviewed the first three months of Community activities reported for the fraternal year. I will be contacting some councils concerning their activities reported. I am pleased that 62 activities were reported by 33 councils. However, this does mean that 173 councils have not reported any Community activities yet. I would also point out that these 62 activities qualify for State requirements but none have been the featured or recommended programs under the Faith In Action model from Supreme. So far I have credited 7 of these as “Helping Hands” programs for the new model. I am hoping that many councils will sponsor a Soccer Challenge and report that recommended activity in October.
It has been encouraging that 10 councils have reported blood drives and have collected 386 units of blood across the state. There have also been a number of Tootsie Roll Drives conducted in these first three months. As far as the Special Olympics, 44 councils have filed the Ambassador forms. This does mean that 162 councils still need to name an SOI Ambassador and file the state form. This is a very easy thing to accomplish and I am hoping for a lot more of these to be filed in the next month.
Also, please remember to comply with the SAFE Environment program to work with youth at both the Supreme level as well as your Diocesan requirements. We all need to make sure we are protecting our youth in every way we can. The latest news of abuses in the state of Pennsylvania was very hard to read about and we not only need to pray for the victims, but make sure this does not happen again.
Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers. Keep the reports coming!