People Helping People

Our People Helping People program helps communities and parishes with donations of both monetary and goods. Each year Societies of KJZT Family Life focus on participating in parish and community work projects and fundraisers throughout the State.

During 2017, the Fraternal’s members donated over 175,000 volunteer hours, participated in over 800 events and donated over $250,000.00 to Texas communities. Attend a Society meeting to learn what’s going on in your area. If you have a favorite local charity you support, you can suggest their program as a recipient of a donation.

The local Societies’ efforts are monetarily matched up to 50% by the State Office. If a qualifying disaster relief project is held, 100% matching funds are available from the State Office.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster

In the spirit of Fraternalism, KJZT Family Life accepted donations for the victims of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster. Donations were matched 100% up to $1,000.00 per Society/Member through our People Helping People Disaster Program.

Through the generosity of our members, we were able to collect over $24,000! Thank you to everyone who donated!

Due to the magnitude of this disaster, all donations and matching funds were forwarded to the Catholic Charities Program of the affected areas.

West Disaster

In April 2013, the wonderful Czech town of West was struck by disaster when a local fertilizer plant exploded and shattered the peaceful atmosphere of the small community. More than 800 KJZT Family Life members call West, Texas home and members from all over Texas sent in donations to support their fraternal family. Over $80,000 in donations and matching funds were distributed to West Disaster Victims. KJZT Family Life Society No. 11 West members went above and beyond the call of duty in the following months to help members and residents get back on their feet.

Wildfires in Bastrop

In September 2011 when Central Texas was ravaged by wildfires, the local Society’s generosity totaled over $16,000 alone. The amount was matched by the State Office and the Fraternal proudly presented Catholic Charities of Texas with a check for over $32,000 to assist those affected by the fires.

Feeding Families

A Fraternal Cause was adopted in 2009 called Feeding Families Across Texas. The purpose of the program is to extend the Fraternal’s charitable work throughout Texas and reach those in need. With this, a Society can participate by donating money or goods to their local food pantry and receive up to $200 in matching funds from the State Office. All funds raised must be designated for a food pantry. Since its inception, over $100,000 has been donated penny for penny to local food pantries in the state of Texas.

Clerical Endowment Fund (CEF)

The CEF is a fund consisting of voluntary donations from our members, Societies, and others. The purpose of the fund is to benefit those studying for the priesthood. The total amount of the donations are presented to the Bishops of the Dioceses as indicated by the donors. Our State Chaplain offers Masses for both the donors and enrollees of the CEF. A gift of an Annual or Perpetual Enrollment in the Clerical Endowment Fund, instead of a material gift, expresses thoughtfulness to a friend or loved one on a special occasion, time of need or remembrance through its spiritual benefits.

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