Volunteering is very important to St. Vincent de Paul. It is the foundation upon which our Society is built. It allows friends to make new friends in our community by providing a caring service, helping others overcome emergent daily challenges, and become self-sustainable.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded by college students in Paris, France. St. Vincent de Paul gives women and men — young and old, and from every background — the means to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

Volunteers are invited to assist St. Vincent de Paul in our retail locations, pantries, Education Center, Back2Work, and Immersion programs.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our Holly Dommer at back2work@svdpdsm.org, phone (515) 282-8327 ext. 150.