Local Knights of Columbus sets pitch-in roadblock for Saturday

Knights of Columbus Council 1014 member Kevin Shipbaugh accepts a donation from a motorist during the KOC’s annual Pitch-In road block last year. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1.
Knights of Columbus Council 1014 member Kevin Shipbaugh accepts a donation from a motorist during the KOC’s annual Pitch-In road block last year. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1. Photo provided.

The Knights of Columbus, Huntington Council 1014 will hold its 2018 Pitch-In roadblock on Saturday, Dec. 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Intersections covered will be North Jefferson and MacGahan streets, Market Street and the Downtown Mall and South Jefferson and Etna Avenue.

Additionally, there will be a mail campaign.

This year is the 41st anniversary of the Pitch-In program. It is based on the idea that there are a number of people in Huntington County who have temporary financial needs and have nowhere to turn for assistance. Over the years, the program has raised thousands of dollars to help the needy in Huntington County.

Co-Chair Tim Godfroy says he believes that most people who give at the roadblocks are aware of who the Knights of Columbus are, and what the Pitch-In program is, because they have helped so many people in the county.

“One hundred percent of the money raised goes to help the needy. All administrative expenses are assumed by the Huntington Council 1014 of the Knights of Columbus,” said Godfroy. “No money is given directly to the recipient. The program is administered by Love INC. Once approved, money is sent directly to the supplier of services.”

Steve Reust, who chairs the mail campaign, is impressed and appreciative of the Huntington businesses that donate. Reust says that it is not for the sake of advertising that the businesses give, because donors’ names are not revealed.

“It must be out of a sense to give back to the community and be good citizens,” said Reust.

Co-Chair of the Pitch-In Committee, Jeff Scher, says all money raised by Pitch-In stays in Huntington County to help Huntington County residents.

Donations may be mailed to the Knights of Columbus – Pitch-In Program, PO Box 973, Huntington, IN 46750.