Why be a Vincentian Volunteer?

Because Many Need Our Help:

  • 62,438 people are experiencing homelessness in the LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
  • 53% of people experiencing first-time homelessness in LA County cited “Economic Hardship” as a leading factor
  • Nearly 1 in 5 children in California under 18 years old live in poverty
  • An LA renter earning minimum wage ($13.25/hr) would need to work 79 hours per week to afford rent on a 1-bedroom apartment


0733The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles, is part of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, founded in 1833, whose members serve the needy of all faiths in 150 countries.

Our branch serves Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and is largely a volunteer organization. Most volunteers, known as “Vincentians,” belong to groups called “Conferences of Charity” based in Catholic church parishes, although some conferences are based in schools, universities, and community centers.

You can make a significant difference in the lives of the poor and needy by joining the hundreds of volunteers currently participating in the charitable activities of the Society:

  • Feed the homeless at the Cardinal Manning Center
  • Assist with the operations at Circle V Ranch Camp’s summer program for disadvantaged children
  • Work in a parish food pantry
  • Visit retirement and convalescent homes
  • Conduct a food, clothing, blanket or toy drive for those in need
  • Plan service opportunities for youth members
  • Deliver food or meals to shut-ins
  • Drive senior citizens to the grocery store or doctor’s appointment
  • Help individuals with social service paperwork;

For information please email vincentianservices@svdpla.org.