What Happens to Those Donations? Whose Life Did I Change?

When you choose the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

for your donations, you change lives!


Donations, declutter, reorganize.  We all do it.  We all need to do it.  The biggest decision after what to keep is where to donate.  How are my items used?  Am I truly helping someone, or just padding someone’s pocket?  How do those donations help?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago was the first charitable organization in the Chicagoland area.  For 167 years, we have stayed true to our mission, Helping Those in Need.  We build better tomorrows for those in need in our community.  But we do not do it alone.  It is your support through donating, volunteering, and financial means that make a difference every day in our communities.

So, what about those donations?  Used clothing, household goods, furniture no longer needed, old craft supplies, new items that were never worn, gifts we could not use but forgot to return.  They make a difference every day!

Our thrift stores serve as the destination for receiving, processing, and selling those donations.  Our prices are low so that those looking to find quality goods on a tight budget can be provided for.  Those that are struggling and have come to us for help, when qualified receive a voucher to shop our stores at no cost, with dignity and respect.  We do not group items as other thrift stores do.  All items are available to all that need, every day!

We provide jobs and skill training, giving those who need the opportunity the most possibilities of a better tomorrow.

We work with local organizations to help provide needed items, blankets to PADS, baby items for mothers in need.  Blankets and towels not suitable for use can find a home at a local animal shelter.

At the end of the day after the light bill is paid, proceeds from our store are used to support our programs of helping those in need.  Whether it is assisting a family with utility bills, medical bills, rent, or helping a homeless family have a place to sleep, the Society is there!  With over 33 food pantries, community dinners and food trucks, we fulfill the need.

DO we have a specific cause?  Yes!  Helping someone in need, offering hope and support.  Veterans, single mothers, those with medical conditions, those struggling in general.  We not only help those who come to us, we seek out those in need.  With over 1600 volunteer members, efforts are put forth 24 hours a day.

Our President/CEO.  Those salaries can really take a large chunk of donations.  Well, not for us!  Our President/CEO is a volunteer.  With unbending dedication, it is not unheard of for him to spend 50 hours a week working side by side with volunteers, board members, and store employees defining the very core of who we are.

So, when you choose us for your donations, you are changing the lives of your 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.

YOU are the difference that is building better tomorrows for those in need in our community.

During these unprecedented times, the increased number of those in need is growing by leaps and bounds.  Normally serving 88,000 families a year, we expect that number can be double by the end of the year.

Clothing and household donations are accepted at our thrift stores during store hours.

Libertyville Thrift Store

168 Peterson Road, Libertyville, IL 60046

Hours:   Monday – Saturday; 9am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Orland Park Thrift Store

7010 W. 159th Street, Orland Park IL 60462

Hours:   Monday – Saturday; 9am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm.


For a convenient drop off location near you click the link below


Interested in hosting a community donation event?

We will provide all you need!

Contact us at:

773.779.6700 ext. 111

God Bless!

Harry Ohde, Volunteer President/CEO Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago

For over 167 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago has been helping those in need in our community.  It is because of your continued  support that we sustain to help those in need.  Serving over 88,000 families a year, we couldn’t do it without you!




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