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Friends of the Poor Grant Application for Mideast and Midwest Regions Now Open

Friends of the Poor Grant Application for Mideast and Midwest Regions Now Open 900 900 Jill Pioter

Grants up to $5,000 are available! Apply here May 15 – May 31!

Grants are targeted to specific, current needs of the poor, above and beyond available resources. Preferred interest areas are: rental/housing assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, transportation, baby/children needs, and medical.

Applying is simple. Click here for the online application:

You can also download a hard copy of the application here and email the completed application to Elizabeth Martinez, at grants@svdpusa.org. You may submit either the May 2022 or the July 2021 version of the application for this cycle. For more information and to view award requirements, click here.

National Presidential Election Update

National Presidential Election Update 450 450 Jill Pioter
The SVdP National Council Presidential election process is now underway.
Each National Council Member is expected to activate the involvement of his/her Council in the nominating phase of the election. You are responsible for notifying affiliated Councils and Conferences of the pending nomination process and should invite their thinking and recommendations about potential nominees.
Questions regarding the election of the next National President should be directed to Elections Chair Ray Sickinger: RSICKING@providence.edu.

2022 National Assembly Registration Opening Soon!

2022 National Assembly Registration Opening Soon! 1089 422 Jill Pioter

Registration is opening soon for the 2022 National Assembly! Happening in Baltimore, Maryland at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront from August 30 – September 3.

Reservation Information

  • Overnight accommodations are available at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, $145 per room, per night, plus taxes. Reservations can be made online at Marriott Waterfront, or by contacting them at (410) 385-3000.
  • Deadline for making a reservation at the group rate is August 9, 2022; after this date, room rates will be based on the prevailing rate.
  • The Marriott Baltimore Waterfront is located in downtown Baltimore in the Harbor East neighborhood, approx. 12 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

Planning Your Trip to Baltimore

We hope to see you in Baltimore!

Announcing the Alice Garvey Excellence in Youth Award

Announcing the Alice Garvey Excellence in Youth Award 323 177 Jill Pioter

Don’t miss this opportunity: nominate a young person in your area today!

This year The Society of St. Vincent de Paul lost a beloved servant leader and friend, Alice Garvey.

Throughout her time with the Society she perfectly embodied the youth spirit and the Vincentian Way. Alice dedicated her time to being an advocate for youth in the Society while she served in a variety of leadership positions throughout her time as a Vincentian. As a lifelong educator, Alice was a member of the National Youth Committee and was passionate about bringing young people into the Society.

In honor of Alice, the National Youth Committee would like to introduce The Alice Garvey Excellence in Youth Award. We  invite Council presidents to nominate a young person who serves The Society in their area who, like Alice, embodies leadership, dedication, and passion towards the Vincentian charisms of spirituality, friendship, and service.

Please submit nominations to YouthAward@svdpusa.org by May 15, 2022. Click here for an application.

SVdP North Texas CEO Featured on Guadalupe Radio

SVdP North Texas CEO Featured on Guadalupe Radio 900 900 Jill Pioter

SVdP North Texas CEO Luis Gonzalez recently appeared on the Guadalupe Radio Network. He was interviewed by University of Dallas President Jonathan Sanford on The Good News program.

Luis shared with Catholic listeners many of the Society’s good works, including the power of the Home Visit, North Texas’ charitable pharmacy, and the impact of servant leadership.

Click below to listen to the full interview.

2022 Midyear Meeting Wrapup

2022 Midyear Meeting Wrapup 600 504 Jill Pioter

Last week, nearly 200 Vincentians gathered together in St. Louis for the first in-person Midyear Meeting since 2019.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the National Board of Directors, National Council Members, Executive Directors, and other Vincentian leaders to come together and share ideas after a three year hiatus.

While it was very exciting to have so many Vincentians in one place, we realize there were still those who were unable to join in-person. In order to give those not in attendance the chance to see the various presentations from the Midyear Meeting, we have created a playlist of the video recordings from the meeting. You can access them by clicking here. You will find recordings of the following:

We thank all who attended Midyear or took part via zoom. We look forward to seeing you all in Baltimore for the 2022 National Assembly!

National Safeguarding Policy Help

National Safeguarding Policy Help 900 900 Jill Pioter

New Safeguarding Policy Assistance for SVdP Councils

A national policy on Safeguarding was adopted by the National Council last August at its Houston meeting. The Safeguarding Task Force has produced a Policy Assistance paper to help Councils (and as needed, Conferences) develop their own Safeguarding policy, a recognized priority of the National Council. The document includes new sections of decisions, activities, and resources for local use included within the relevant policy paragraphs. This new material is in bold and italicized type.

To review the document, click here.

A webinar to review this resources document will be scheduled for late April; watch the e-Gazette for day and time. Meanwhile, if you have questions about the document, please contact Task Force chair Guadalupe E. Sosa.

Lenten Reflection As We Explore the Plight of Our Neighbors Who Are Unhoused

Lenten Reflection As We Explore the Plight of Our Neighbors Who Are Unhoused 900 900 Jill Pioter

Our faith teaches that safe and adequate shelter is a human right and foundational to honoring the human dignity we all have as ‘imago dei’; the Catholic bishops of the United States made this point as plainly as they could in titling their seminal letter on the issue, The Right to a Decent Home.

The amount of people living without safe housing in America is a scandal. According to the most recent data, in 2020 over 580,000 people in America were unhoused. This marked the third straight year of increases, and does not account for the pandemic (homelessness data is based on a set point in time count that occurs in January).

The Voice of the Poor Committee and the Formation Committee will lead a Lenten Reflection Series exploring the human, moral, and social effects of homelessness in America. The series will also lift up some of the inspiring work being done by Vincentians throughout the country. A tremendous amount of work is being done by Vincentians in collaboration with other organizations to serve our brothers and sisters struggling to find safe and secure shelter:

The long-term effects of the pandemic on housing and homelessness are yet to be understood. What is certain, however, is that Vincentians will be ready to serve. Join us as we pray, learn, grow, support, and inspire each other to continue this ministry.

Congratulations to the February 2022 Friends of the Poor Grant Winners!

Congratulations to the February 2022 Friends of the Poor Grant Winners! 1200 628 Jill Pioter

The National Council received 34 grant applications totaling $170,000. Grant awards for this round total $60,000.

Through a standardized, simple application process, SVdP Conferences and District Councils can apply for up to a $5,000 grant from the National Council’s Friends of the Poor® Fund. The total Friends of the Poor® Program budget is normally limited to the amount raised and/or approved by the National Council budget process.

Individual grant award amounts may vary from the application amount, but will not exceed $5,000.

Grants are targeted to specific, current needs of the poor, above and beyond available Conference resources. Preferred interest areas are: rental/housing assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, transportation, baby/children needs and medical. No systemic change projects.


Welcoming New National Partner GivingArts.org

Welcoming New National Partner GivingArts.org 778 212 Jill Pioter

Giving Arts is a philanthropic company that supports both artists and nonprofit organizations like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul by giving artists a place to sell beautiful wall art, home decor, and other gifts and lifestyle products, and providing SVdP with a unique fundraising opportunity in the process.

Donors and Vincentians who shop at GivingArts.org will be able to give 50% of the net profits from their purchases to SVdP.

To support SVdP USA by shopping at Giving Arts, just visit our page on their website. You can learn more about Giving Arts’ mission by watching this video:

Conference Fundraising Opportunities Available

And there are more ways to support the Society by shopping at Giving Arts! Because Giving Arts is a trusted national partner, we are giving Conferences the opportunity to fundraise through Giving Arts. To learn more about this exciting fundraising opportunity for your Conference, please contact Michele Schurk, Manager of National Events, at (314) 576-3993, ext. 223, or mschurk@svdpusa.org.

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