Ron Boyce of the Knights of Columbus presents Joshua Graves a check for Father Taaffe Homes and Pregnancy Support Services operated by Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Graves is executive director of Catholic Community Services. (Courtesy Knights of Columbus)
Ron Boyce of the Knights of Columbus presents Joshua Graves a check for Father Taaffe Homes and Pregnancy Support Services operated by Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Graves is executive director of Catholic Community Services. (Courtesy Knights of Columbus)
The Oregon Knights of Columbus established a State Charities Fund in 1980 so Knights and the wider community could individually donate to a Catholic or Christian based non-profit group. The fund is totally dependent on contributions from Oregon Knights, their family and friends of the Knights.

“The first and foremost principle of the Knights of Columbus Order is Charity, the greatest of all virtues and the crowning glory of a Christian life,” said a report from the Knights on donations from the State Charities Fund.

During the past year, the fund provided more than $323,000 to organizations statewide.

Among the recipients were the Father Taaffe Homes and Pregnancy Support Services operated by Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, which received $6,500. The ministry encompasses St. Brigid Home for pregnant and parenting moms who say yes to life; St. Monica Apartments, and neighborhood-based services for young moms in crisis who don’t need foster care but do need support to deliver a full-term healthy baby and to nurture that child once born. All services and supports inspire self-confidence, independence and hope in the future.

Largest recipient of a Knights’ grant was Mount Angel Seminary, which received $221,000. In addition, the councils in the state have provided $20,000 to $40,000 annually through the Knights of Columbus Pennies for Heaven program with a portion going to an interest-bearing account called the Columbus Fund to help fund the abbey’s needs. The councils in the state have sponsored individual seminarians through the Knights of Columbus RSVP program with the Our Lady of the Valley Council in Tigard leading the state in sponsoring eight seminarians per year.

Also receiving grants were Mater Dei Radio, youth programs in the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker and Magdalene House, a Medford organization that helps pregnant women in need. Almost $60,000 went to help purchase ultrasound machines for pregnancy resource centers and more than $24,000 to help feed needy families.

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Knights’ contributions

Here is the total list of grants from the Knights of Columbus State Charities Fund:

Magdalene House in Medford — $750

Archdiocese of Portland Youth — $500

Rachel Pregnancy Center in Baker — $750

Baker Diocese Youth — $500

Grandma’s House in Bend — $750

Santiam S.I.T — $500

Bethany Home in Gresham — $750

McKenzie Long Term Recovery — $500

Fr. Taaffe Homes — $6,500

Mt. Angel Seminary — $221,000

KBVM Mater Dei Radio — $1,000

Bishop White Pre-Seminarian Program — $1,000

Ultrasound Initiative — $59,614

Military Chaplain’s Scholarship Fund — $1,000

Special Olympics — $4,081

Food for Families — $24,250