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Members Portal Upgrade

Members Portal Upgrade 1080 1080 Michelle Boyer

We’ve made important changes to the Members Portal, providing a more secure space for member data, bringing us inline with current data security measures, and providing administrators with faster access. At the request of national leadership, the following changes have been made to the Members Portal.

  • Only Administrators shall have login permissions. Members will no longer be able to log in. This change limits the number of logins with access to member information.
  •  Administrators will only see member information for groups they have administrative access over. They will not be able to see member information of other groups. Grouping contact information and leadership remain available to administrators.
  • Password requirements have been changed to meet current minimum standards. All passwords must be 12 characters or more in length and have the following: one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one numeral, and one symbol. In order to ensure all passwords meet this standard, administrators will be required to reset passwords at the first post-upgrade login. This reset will only be required once and applies to administrators at all levels.
  • A ‘Forgot Password’ feature has been added, allowing administrators to reset their password at any time. The function sends the user a link via email to reset the password and requires administrators to have an email in their member record.
  • To emphasize data privacy, a privacy policy has been added. The policy is available for review at any time. Administrators must agree to the policy each time they login.
  • Minimum member data required has changed. The number of required fields to add a member has been reduced. First name, last name, member type and member status are the only fields required to add a member. Administrators have additional required fields (email, username, and password) that are essential for logging in and resetting passwords.
  • When adding new members, administrators must confirm that members are aware that their information is being entered into the Members Portal and that the new members are aware of the privacy policies governing the application. A template policy is available on the Need Help? page within the Members Portal for local administrators.

We thank you for your patience during this process. If you have any questions, please email the National Council Information Technology department at techsupport@svdpusa.org.

2022 Systemic Change Grant Awards Announced

2022 Systemic Change Grant Awards Announced 900 900 Jill Pioter

The National Council is pleased to announce the 14 Councils and Conferences who have been awarded Systemic Change Grants in 2022.

Systemic Change is a core value of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Systemic Change is not a substitute for meeting the “demands of charity” that Vincentians undertake, but rather a complement to that work. Systemic Change projects target root causes of poverty to achieve a transformation in the lives of those struggling with poverty and in the community.

Please join us in praying for the success of these systemic change programs!

Let Us Break Bread Together

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The Multicultural & Diversity Committee is excited to announce Let Us Break Bread Together, a program aimed at celebrating the different cultures, skills, abilities, and talents that strengthen our vocation and how we serve the poor.

We believe that by celebrating the different ways we approach feast days or why we choose one set of prayers over another we can better understand our One Society.

Let Us Break Bread Together will officially kick off at this year’s National Assembly in Baltimore. On Wednesday, August 31, when dinner is “on your own,” we invite alumni from Invitation for Renewal and past National Assemblies to strengthen our Vincentian spirit of friendship by having dinner with a first-time attendee.

If you plan on attending, here’s a guide to local dining in downtown Baltimore. We hope to see you there!

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

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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 Is Now Open!

2022 National Assembly Registration Is Now Open! 1089 422 Jill Pioter

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

Don’t miss this amazing agenda, and the opportunity to gather together with Vincentian Family & Friends. Register today, and don’t forget to submit your ideas for the Best Practices Poster Session!

National Assembly Links

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

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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

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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.

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