January 31, 2009 in Features

Catholic group plans summit

Associated Press

The leader of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Roman Catholic lay group, plans a national summit to mobilize volunteers in response to the nation’s economic crisis.

“This is a defining moment, really, for the country,” said Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the organization.

The summit is set for Feb. 27 in New York City. Anderson has invited dozens of charities, including the Salvation Army and Goodwill, to participate.

The recession is hurting fundraising at a time when charities face growing demand for food, clothing, shelter and job and mental health counseling, he said.

Anderson said he will also ask corporations to expand programs that encourage employees to volunteer.

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