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Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Headquarters
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

Overview and Mission:  The Knights was 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. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

At least a few Councils have donated money to individuals for the purchase of hearing aids. It is not clear if membership in the Knights or having a family member as a member is required to get help.

To ask for help: Contact your local “Knights of Columbus Council” or inquire about a local council at your nearest Catholic church.  Find an advocate within the council that you wish to approach and learn what the specific requirements are.

Generally, when asking for help from a group, you should to have explored other financing options and been turned down more or less thorough no fault of your own. Requests to help children are more favorably received than requests for adults, and you need to be ready to give financial details demonstrating your need. However, adult requests are more favorably received if the assistance will enable the recipient to become or remain self-sufficient. Be reasonable, and consistent. If you can partly fund your own needs and need the balance it will be better received.  If you are turned down, be gracious. They may want to help as an organization but not be able to.  They may also individually be able to refer you to other possible sources of aid.