In service to One. In service to all.
The Delaware Ohio Knights of Columbus Council 1056 was formed in November of 1905 and has served the Delaware, Ohio community with charity efforts for more than 105 years. This includes fundraisers for PIN (People In Need of Delaware County), partnering with St. Vincent de Paul including the annual Grateful Heart Christmas Dinner for the homeless, annual fundraisers for the mentally challenged and our newest fundraiser helping military veterans throughout all of central Ohio—Wheelchairs for Honor Flight. We also support spiritual needs through support for seminarians and religious vocations, RCIA, Vacation Bible School, Youth Ministry including Life Teen and PSR and other St. Mary parish ministries.
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families.
Today, the Knights of Columbus has grown from a single council in 1882 with several members in New Haven to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
A few facts about the Knights charity efforts:
- In the past decade, the Knights of Columbus organization has donated nearly $1.5 billion dollars to charitable causes around the country and around the world.
- We have also devoted 673 million hours volunteering in that same time frame.
- In Ohio, our campaign for the mentally handicapped raises $425,000 each year with 100% of funds going directly to this cause.