No special qualifications are
required other than the desire to
join with others to help those in
need for the love of God.
WHAT MEMBERSHIP INVOLVES
Meeting of members once a month in the
evening at Mullen Commons
Meet with individual clients in SJV offices
one night a month
Once a year, assist SVdP store by collecting
clothing parishioners donate at the weekend Masses
At Christmas, organize the "Angel
Tree" - parishioners provide gifts and food for our clients
If you want to
find out more
information about joining, please
call Maurine Jones or Jane Keating
at (925) 939-7911
MORE ABOUT THE
SOCIETY of ST. VINCENT de PAUL
here at SJV
The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Society is an
international organization devoted to serving the poor. It was founded in 1833
by a young French student, Frederic Ozanam, and today encompasses 900,000
members spread among 46,000 confraternities in 130 countries of five continents.
The Society's purpose is to provide direct aid to those who
suffer, and to help individuals reduce and even eliminate the causes of their suffering,
themselves. Society members use their own resources, sharing not only possessions but the
valuable gift of their presence.
The Society was established in the United States in 1845
and today has 107,000 members. Last year, the Society helped over 12 million people in the
United States, plus many more in the world through "Twinning" and Disaster
programs. For more information on the Society of St. Voincent de Paul in the USA, check
out their website:
The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) of Contra
Costa County consists of 22 parish "Conferences" with approximately 300
volunteers providing help to the poor in our county. Most assistance is through the direct
personal encounters of our members, seeking in friendship, to bring whatever assistance we
are able to provide.
Employment opportunities and low-cost merchandise are
provided by two thrift stores. All programs are sustained through donations and store
What SVdP Does
The Society provides help and comfort to the needy and
discouraged through parish "Conferences" groups of volunteers at an
individual parish. Material help may be in the form of food, clothing, furniture and
occasionally shelter, or may be a referral to a local social service agency, or simply a
sympathetic ear. Last year SVdP volunteers in Contra Costa County helped 16,190
The Society also provides on-the-job training for those
entering the workplace as they are referred from social agencies, youth programs and
parole offices. Our stores provide training and employment for those who lack work
experience or skills.
In summary, the purpose of SVdP is rebuilding hope and
confidence and putting people back to work.
Other special projects include Christmas presents and coat
give-away during the winter season.
The St. Vincent de Paul ministry at St. John Vianney is one
of the oldest ministries at our parish.
Volunteers are the backbone of our efforts to
serve the poor. SVdP provides opportunities to serve the poor directly in our own parish
ministry by meeting with individuals or families through appointments on Monday through
Thursday evenings at our parish office. Volunteers work together in pairs and fine
training and support is offered.
Some parishioners also give a few hours serving in the
St. Vincent de Paul stores. If you would prefer to volunteer at one of the
stores (in Pleasant Hill or Pittsburg), please call (925) 439-5060.
In addition to volunteering in our parish ministry or
working at one of the local SVdP stores, there are many ways to assist the St.
Vincent de Paul ministry. Your support can be through donations of clothes, furniture, or
automobiles, or simply cash donations.
Donations of Clothes, Furniture or Household Items may
be made at the Pleasant Hill Store Tuesday through Saturday between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM
and Sunday between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
If you have several items or a large item such as
furniture, we would be pleased to schedule a pickup at your convenience. Simply call (925)
All donated items go directly to the store floor before it
is sold or given to the poor. Non-salable items must be trashed at considerable expense to
the Society. Consequently, items should be gently used and in good condition. We regret we
can not accept some items such as computers or hazardous material.
Donations of Automobiles, Boats or Trailers
be made by calling (925) 439-5060. You can avoid the inconvenience and
selling your car, or haggling with automobile dealers, by donating your car to St. Vincent
de Paul. All donated vehicles are tax-deductible based on fair market value. Arrangements
can be made to pick-up your vehicle at your convenience. Automobiles do not necessarily
have to be running.
Shopping at St. Vincent de Paul Stores
Support SVdP through shopping at the two St.
Vincent de Paul stores in Contra Costa County. In
addition to the store in Pleasant Hill, there is a store
in Pittsburg. However, the store in Pittsburg cannot
accept donations of items.
Store hours are:
Pleasant Hill – 2815 Contra Costa Blvd: Monday –
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00
PM. (Donation items accepted all days from 12 Noon to
4:00pm) Phone: 925-934-5063
Pittsburg – 2210 Gladstone Drive: Tuesday - Saturday:
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM. (No donation items accepted at this
store.) Phone: 925-439-5060
Monetary Donations are fundamental
to support our SJV St. Vincent
de Paul parish ministry. You can contribute
regularly to our SJV St. Vincent de Paul ministry
through our SVdP special collections at Mass each
of the months of the year that have a 5th
Sunday. You can also contribute to the county-wide
efforts by designating St. Vincent de Paul for your
United Way contribution.
Thank you to our parishioners who so faithfully and
generously serve in this critical and acclaimed
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