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Toy Drive at SVdP Libertyville & Orland Park

Help Give Hope this Christmas Season to Local Families in Need.

Providing holiday toys for children is a struggle for many low-income families, this year especially due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your donation of New, Unwrapped Toys to SVdP Libertyville & Orland Park Thrift Stores will make an immediate impact for a child, a family this Christmas. All donations will receive a $10 Coupon to shop our store (whichever store your donation is made at), as our gift of thanks for your generosity. Together, we can make a difference!

 

 

December 8th- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The feast of the Immaculate Conception is one of the four main festival days on which Vincentians are asked to celebrate. This feast day celebration dates back to the very beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and can be traced to Frederic Ozanam himself.

Frederic Ozanam had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from his youth to his death. Frederic was insistent that the Society take Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as its patroness. The first members of the Society chose December 8th as their special Marian feast twenty years before the formal proclamation of the dogma in 1854 by Pope Blessed Pius IX and a year after Frederic’s death! Vincentians implore Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, their patroness, to intercede for their Councils and Conferences, their lives and ministry. (SVDP Manual, p.34-35)

Since the earliest days of the Society, members have shown great devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. Prayers before and after each meeting are offered to place us under her protection and guidance. Ozanam, our principal founder, developed a great spirit of piety by fervent devotion to the Blessed Virgin and this virtue was expressed in the text of the decree for the introduction of his cause for beatification. Shortly after the beginning of the Society, Ozanam formally proposed that the Mother of God – Mary Immaculate – should be the heavenly patroness of the Society and suggested to members that the Hail Mary be prayed at each Conference meeting.

December 8 marks not only the Feast of the Immaculate Conception but also:
• the canonical establishment of the Confraternity of Charity- 1617;
• the day on which the first group of the Ladies of Charity in the United States begins at St. Vincent’s Church in St. Louis – 1857
• one of the four major feasts chosen by the Society of St. Vincent DePaul in 1834
• the day on which many groups of the Sisters of Charity Federation renew their vows.

Reference Source:

“Feast of the Immaculate Conception” VinFormation, February 07, 2017, https://vinformation.org/en/vincentian-formation-resources/prayers-celebrations-seasonal/feast-of-the-immaculate-conception/

#GivingTuesday, Thank You for Your Support!

SVdP Chicago is grateful for your support!

On #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, our community came together in a celebration of generosity and truly made a difference. Because of you, we were able to raise over $15,000.00 to help our neighbors in need this winter! Each gift is essential to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago and our members to ensure that we can answer the call for help, to help families stay in their homes, pay their necessary bills, keep food on the table and clothes on their backs, and continue our volunteer-based programs and services.

Your support makes Hope grow, through the hands of our volunteers into the hearts of the many we serve. Thank you!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

If you would like to offer a donation in the spirit of #GivingTuesday please click here.

Holiday Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Make It A Picture Perfect Holiday With Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards!

You can purchase gift cards to Honey Baked Ham this holiday season and give back to St. Vincent de Paul Chicago! Honey Baked Ham offers more than just their signature delicious glazed ham, they also have Family Meals, Honey Baked Turkeys, Sides, and Desserts.  Take the stress out of your holiday meal and order from Honey Baked Ham!

Visit https://bit.ly/2JIYhjg to purchase.  You can use your HoneyBaked Gift Card to shop online or in-store at any HoneyBaked location nationwide. And the most satisfying part? 20% of your purchase goes directly to support SVdP Chicago and help our neighbors in need!

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Support SVdP Chicago when you shop on Amazon! Learn more!

If you already use Amazon.com for online shopping, you can link your account to AmazonSmile and support SVdP Chicago! You will make a .5 percent donation with every Amazon purchase by using AmazonSmile.

Here is 3 simple steps to start donating today:

Step 1: Go to smile.amazon.com log in using your email and password as if you were at amazon.com.
Step 2: Search for the Society of St Vincent de Paul-Chicago and select us as your charity.
Step 3: Shop, Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to SVdP!

Click here to visit AmazonSmile

SVdP Libertyville Thrift Store’s Tent Event Sale a Success!

A huge THANK YOU to all our staff and volunteers for working hard this weekend, in challenging outdoor weather conditions, to make the Tent Event Sale at our Libertyville Thrift Store a success! Your dedication and service are the backbone that fuels the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Chicago, and our local Districts and Conferences, to be a force of good in our communities!

We would also like to thank all those who came out to shop the tent and store over the weekend and those who dropped off donations!  Every time you shop, donate to or support our thrift stores, you become part of a greater cause to help our neighbors in need.  You are providing food, clothing, shelter, job training, and hope of better tomorrows. You are helping a veteran in need, a mother who has hungry children, a victim of domestic violence, someone ill who needs assistance to get proper medical treatment, someone who is lonely and dealing with mental health issues, and families who have experienced bumps in the road. We deeply appreciate your support!

Check out what the Daily Herald wrote about our Tent Event Sale!

Looking for more ways to help?

 

Schedule a Donation Drive Today!

Donation drives are a perfect way to bring your community or company together for a great cause. Your donations provide essentials to those in need.  For over 167 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago has been serving those in need.

Your generous donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, and more enable us to continue serving the over 88,000 families that seek our help every year.

We can accommodate company and corporate donation events and provide trailers and assistant during week day working hours.

 

Schedule your event today!  

It’s easy!

  • Pick a weekend and call us to schedule
  • We will deliver a trailer with donation slips and extra bags.  Guidelines to help donate with dignity are posted inside the trailer
  • After your weekend donation event, we will pick the trailer up and bring back to one of our locations for sorting and distribution for those in  need

 

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Partners with Catholic Charities to Host Mobile Food Pantry at Our Lady of the Ridge

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in coordination with Catholic Charities and our local Parish Conferences, hosted Mobile Food Pantry Events across the Chicagoland area this week. Here on the Southside, volunteers distributed more than 480 boxes of produce containing fresh fruits and vegetables at St. Gall, located in the Gage Park neighborhood, and at Our Lady of the Ridge, in Chicago Ridge.  Jack Santori, OLOR Conference President, knew that there was a significant amount of food insecurity and need in our communities and with Tom Moritz, District President for OLOR, worked to secure the contact-free,  pop up event that took place on September 17, 2020.  The line of cars that snaked around the parking lot, some arriving over 30 minutes before food distribution was scheduled to begin, was a testament to Jack and Tom’s insight. By 2:00 pm, with an hour left of scheduled time to go, nearly all of the 120 boxes had been packed into cars and sent on their way.

“The mobile pantry went better than I could have hoped,” Mr. Santori was quoted during the event, “we weren’t sure that we would get a turnout, though we know people are suffering from hard times in the Southside currently.  We feel that not enough neighbors are aware that we run a St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry here at Our Lady of the Ridge and were just hoping that by spreading the word at Church and via social media, we’d reach those that need us the most.”

Patti Metsler, who heads the food pantry at Our Lady of the Ridge that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, loved the selection of fresh produce the boxes offered.  “Just because a person is food insecure, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to have quality, nutritious items available to them.” She shared, “We work hard each month to vary our selection because we know these items make up meals that sustain families and individuals.”

A big thank you goes out to Catholic Charities,  the Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul Conference volunteers and Fr. Wayne Svida, pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge.  Your work is so important to your local neighbors and communities!

September is Hunger Action Month, Help Fight Hunger in Your Local Community Today!

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing each of us to take action against hunger in our communities.  Feeding those in need is a cause that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its volunteer members take to heart!  During this time of economic uncertainty, global pandemic, and high unemployment, raising awareness and funds to help solve hunger in our communities is urgent.  Food insecurity increases sharply for our many as the weather cools and we enter into fall and winter here in Chicagoland.  Many of our local food pantries missed out on springtime food drives that usually take place in coordination with the Easter season, due to COVID-19 Stat-at-Home orders, and are now looking to replenish shelves in order to prepare for the anticipated higher demand.

You can directly help make a difference in your community by making a donation to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago.  Visit our Giving Page here to make a secure, online donation and to learn more.  You can also visit our Thrift Stores located in Orland Park and Libertyville.  We accept gently used clothing and household items and use all the proceeds to support our giving programs. Learn more about our Thrift Stores – click here. 

Building Bridges Together

Pictured left to right: Kathleen A. Donahue-Coia, Acting President, Administrator, and CEO – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Lorraine Parisi, Director of Operations, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Chicago; Debby Lambert, Catholic Charities of Lake County Board of Advisors Chair

On Tuesday evening, October 22, our Director of Operations, Lorraine Parisi and SVdP Lake County, was honored by being named the 2019 Catholic Charities Building Bridges Award Recipient. The Catholic Charities Lake County Board of Advisors annually recognizes a parish or group in direct support of Catholic Charities’ mission. The Building Bridges Award began in 2007 to acknowledge those who partner with Catholic Charities to build a bridge between poverty and self-sufficiency.

In particular, Catholic Charities is grateful for the partnership with SVdP, Lake County. SVdP has been a strong partner of Catholic Charities and has served those in need for over 167 years. Having someone to turn to is everything for a person in crisis. SVdP has been there to help pay the rent, to provide food and clothing, and to offer hope.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society continues to grow and expand their reach to those dealing with poverty. Through donation drives, thrift store programs, and fundraising events, SVdP serves our neighbors in need. Under Lorraine’s leadership, a voucher system was developed allowing Catholic Charities families to receive vouchers to “shop” at the Libertyville Thrift Store to meet their basic needs – clothing, household items and furniture. Recently, a new partnership was formed with Catholic Charities where SVdP provides space for their Diaper Depot operations. Through the generosity of SVdP, the Diaper Depot warehouse is located in the back of the Thrift Store and allows for a more efficient distribution system. Through this partnership, Catholic Charities and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Lake County are truly Building Bridges . . . Together!

Lorraine was joined by her proud husband Tony and daughter Elisabeth at the award event along with fellow SVdP Board of Directors Members; Harry Ohde, President/CEO, SVdP Chicago Council, Father Gerry Kelley, SVdP Chicago Council Spiritual Advisor, Holly Robinson, Secretary, SVdP Chicago Council and Kristin MacMurray-Schmelter, Board Member and President of District 1, Lake County.

Please congratulate Lorraine for her leadership and giving spirit that forged this important partnership between Catholic Charities and SVdP Lake County. Lorraine, you make us proud to serve!