The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SDVP) took root in Paris, France, in the 1830s. This Catholic ministry of Vincentians found footing in the United States in 1845.
The organization offers material and spiritual aid to households and individuals in need. Its outreach activities extend to disaster relief, as well as visits to elder care facilities, hospitals, and prisons. To date, it has deployed nearly 100,000 trained volunteers across the United States.
One of the ways they achieve their charitable objectives is through donations, as well as by partnering with corporate sponsors and other non-profit organizations. The society also sponsors fundraising events, such as an annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run.
April is National Volunteer Month! Every day this week, we'll be sharing fun facts about volunteering. To learn more about volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul, visit svdpstlouis.org.
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Posted by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Resources and training to individuals interested in opening thrift stores are also available, as they benefit both parties.
Two types of donations which St Vincent de Paul welcome are in financial nature and vehicles.
Local chapters may vary in the kinds of donated items they accept, so donors are encouraged to contact the nearest chapters for guidance on preferred items. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix, for example, prefers donations of clothing, shoes, non-perishable food, houseware, toys, school supplies, etc.
Local chapters of the SDVP run their own thrift stores, where donors are encouraged to drop off their donations. They also maintain donation bins in their areas of operation. You can find the closest St Vincent de Paul donation location to you by entering in your address in the box above.
If you’re unable to find one of their donation locations in a close distance to you, maybe Goodwill has one. After all, they have the largest number of clothing boxes and thrift stores in the US.
Home pickups for donated items may be arranged with the local chapter or thrift store nearest to the donor. The organization also provides pickup services for donated vehicles.
The SDVP’s National Office is based in Missouri, a state which has a huge number of donation boxes and thrift stores, but it operates from many states. It has the greatest number of clothing bins and thrift stores in Florida, California, and Wisconsin.