Here at St. Vincent de Paul, we are dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing the most vulnerable in our community who have no where else to turn for help. Restoring hope also is at the essence of our mission. Just as important, we provide opportunities for volunteers to carry out this mission for their neighbors in need.
Every day there are countless opportunities to give others a new chance at life. And during the holidays, there are many different ways to give back to St. Vincent de Paul. We operate five dining rooms across the Valley that are excellent places for volunteers to serve those who are hungry. In these dining rooms, we’re able to serve more than 1.2 million meals each year to hungry families and individuals. But we couldn’t do it without our volunteers. Duties include set up, serving, bussing tables and clean-up.
For those who want to give a gift online, our Compassion Catalog allows you to see real needs in our community and the tangible ways you can make a difference in someone’s life. You can purchase these items as gifts for Christmas and all year-round. Simply select the Tribute option when giving online and we’ll send a note to your loved ones so they know a gift of compassion was made in their name.
If you belong to an organization, club, business or school, perhaps you’d be interested in serving as a group. Many groups do that and find it a rewarding experience. Another great way to help people with specific needs is by organizing a drive. You can help by holding collection drives for items that are in great need at St. Vincent de Paul. Holiday drives are very special, as they provide Thanksgiving food and Christmas gifts to families and children who may not experience that otherwise. Throughout the year, items such as clothing, hygiene articles, diapers, new or gently-used blankets, shoes, toys, school supplies, books and canned food are great for hosted drives.
Lastly, we are very excited about our annual Adopt-A-Family Program, which aims to help families who cannot afford to buy food or gifts for Christmas. Our Valley-wide food pantries interview families in the community who want to be adopted and get information to assess their needs. Sponsors such as you then provide the food and gifts for the participating families. We have found that it is a transformative experience for all involved, and leaves lasting memories for both the family and the sponsor.
To learn more about our programs and ways you can get involved, please visit our website at StVincentdePaul.net and join thousands of others who are serving those in our community with love, hope and compassion.