Why be a Vincentian Volunteer?
Because Many Need Our Help:
- 18% of the residents and 25% of the children live below the poverty line in Southern California.
- More than 91,000 people are homeless, almost 20% of these families with children, making Los Angeles the homeless capital of the nation.
- Another 16% to 20% of homeless adults are employed in low paying jobs.
- 73% of low-income renters pay more than 50% of their earnings in rent.
- One in every nine households experience difficulty securing enough food for their family members.
The 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 142 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” 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 paper work;
For information please email: VincentianServices@svdpla.org