How Councils and Knights Outside Affected Areas Can Assist Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Posted Sep 27, 2017
by Mark

The tremendous response by Knights of Columbus and Councils from Texas and throughout the Order is a true testament to Father Michael McGivney’s legacy.  We are clearly witnessing charity in action.  Thanks for all you and your Councils are doing to assist the affected communities.  Your charitable works and assistance go a long way in reinforcing the charitable and fraternal aspects of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.   
Many Knights and Councils continue to contact the Texas State Council leadership team asking how they can help.  Here is a simple list of how you or your Council can assist those affected by Harvey:


·  Financial Contributions – Without question, the best way to assist those affected by Harvey is for your Council and/or members is to make a financial donation to our Disaster Relief Fund  via either or   The Supreme Council and the Texas State Council are working together to ensure that both victims and response workers in affected areas are provided immediate assistance.  Your financial support is the best and safest way to assist those who are in greatest need.  
·  Donations in Kind/Service Volunteers – Many Councils and parishes from non-affected areas are collecting supplies to send and mustering volunteers to travel to storm affected areas. Before sending any supplies or traveling to any affected areas, Council leaders are strongly encouraged to coordinate their plans with our Texas State Council Emergency Response Coordinators:


-Statewide - Harry Storey – Phone: 214-557-2923; E-Mail: 


-Houston-Galveston Archdiocese - Larry Pellerito – Phone: 281-224-3728;
- Corpus Christi Diocese - Edward Cantu – Phone: 361-855-3440 E-mail:

                    - Victoria - Alvin Kulchak - Phone: 979-332-3465; Email:

               - Beaumont - Phil Chauvin – Phone: 409-963-9526, E-Mail:


·  Coordination is vital for several reasons:  First—and most important—it is unsafe for unprepared volunteers to travel into storm affected areas.  Roads are closed or badly damaged, making travel hazardous and uncertain.  Fuel and available accommodations are severely limited.  Flood waters may be contaminated with sewage and chemicals, and may have displaced many domestic and dangerous wild animals.  In addition to uncertain travel, fuel shortages, contaminated waters and displaced animals, there may also be hazardous debris scattered throughout the area (e.g., exposed nails, broken glass, electrical wires, and broken gas mains).  Only properly trained and fully equipped personnel should be traveling into storm affected areas.  Second, we want to make sure that supplies and assistance are distributed to locations where they can be most effective and where relief workers are prepared to receive them. For these reasons, if you or your Council determine to take supplies or provide in-person assistance, please contact the TEXAS STATE COUNCIL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COORDINATORS before traveling.   
·  Please understand:  ANY COUNCIL OR MEMBER WHO TRAVELS TO STORM AFFECTED AREAS IS ACTING ON THEIR OWN AND ASSUMES ALL RISKS, HAZARDS, OR DANGERS.  Traveling into storm affected areas without proper coordination or authorization, puts not only you at risk, but your fellow volunteers and others—including local residents and trained first responders.  

If you have any questions regarding how to best provide in-kind donations or volunteer efforts, please contact Harry Storey. Thank you.
Respectfully & Fraternally
Diego J. Peña  
State Advocate
Texas State Council
Office:  (214) 757-3315
Mobile: (210) 542-2221 

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