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Knights of Columbus Support CVCC Foundation

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 6451 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory recently presented the CVCC Foundation, Inc., with a gift from the LAMB Foundation of North Carolina to support Catawba Valley Community College’s Adult Basic Education program.


Knights of Columbus Support CVCC

CVCC’s ABE program serves adults who function below the high school level and offers reading, writing, math, oral and written communication, and technology skills. Instructors focus on career exploration and transitioning students into the workforce or additional educational programs.

Stephen Purcell, Jr., West Chairman of the LAMB Foundation of N.C., Inc., and member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, helped present the gift. Richard Painchaud, Warden for the Knights of Columbus Council 6451, also presented the gift. Painchaud’s son Steven Painchaud is a student in the ABE program.

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, CVCC President; Vickie Vinson, coordinator of the ABE program; and Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., accepted the gift.

“We built raised bed gardens with the LAMB Foundation’s gift last year,” said Vinson. “The group’s additional donation this year will help us expand the existing garden project to include container gardens.”

Students plant and grow the vegetables and take turns watering and picking the produce, teaching them teamwork and accountability, Vinson added.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to working class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

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