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Stores Corner: Redeeming Vouchers Can Be an Emotional Journey

Stores Corner: Redeeming Vouchers Can Be an Emotional Journey 1200 628 Jill Pioter

By Mike McClanahan, Council of Phoenix, AZ

Redeeming vouchers at SVdP stores is an important way that stores support Vincentians in their vocation of helping those in need, and every Council has different ways of doing this. Here’s one way they do it in Phoenix.

“Bringing Hope Home” helps homeless families that get a new place to live with furnishings. Donors sponsor these families, and those funds are used to purchase an SVdP care cards. The care cards are then given to the families, and they shop the Phoenix stores to buy what they need and want. The transportation team will then pick up the items selected by the families and deliver those to their homes.

Please see this flyer for more on the “Bringing Hope Home” program in Phoenix, AZ.

Please contact your local National Store’s Committee representative for examples of successful centralized processing retail operations. More detailed information and tours can be arranged.

Connect with a Region Rep to learn more about what they are doing in your area – list of committee members can be found under the Resources drop down at https://www.svdpusa-thriftstore.org/.

Stores and Special Works

Stores and Special Works 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

NO STANDALONE STORES OR SPECIAL WORKS

One essential principle must be kept in mind. No store or other special work can exist as a standalone entity within the Society. Every store and/or special work must be owned and operated by a Council or Conference. A Council or Conference, for specific reasons, may set up a store or special work with its own Tax ID and tax exemption; however, the entity must still be clearly designated through all of its organizing documents as a subsidiary of the Council or Conference that established it. The store’s or special work’s information must also be included in the annual report of the Council or Conference that owns and operates it. It is directly contrary to the Rule to establish a special work as a standalone organization using the Society’s resources to do so. This would be the equivalent to giving SVdP funds to an outside organization, a direct conflict with the Rule.

COMMITTEES

All stores and special works committees report to the Council or Board. The committee is advisory and a resource of time and talent, not managerial. Staff of the stores and special works are given their responsibilities by the Council through its President or by the Council through a Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director.

PURPOSE

All stores and special works exist for the furtherance of our core missions – not for building a business within the Society. Saving profits to open another bigger, better store or special work is not Vincentian work if little or none of the income goes to the poor. One store in the Western Region was saving all of its profit for several years to open a bigger store. No money was going to the poor. The SVdP mission must be kept in mind and movement toward it at all times.

BY VINCENTIANS

All stores and special works are controlled and operated for our missions by Vincentians. All stores and special works have the element of Vincentian person-to-person service to God’s poor. We do not hire staff or an outside group or business to exclusively service those in need. The Council, not the staff, makes the overall policy decisions to establish stores and special works. The Council may delegate some of the day to day work to the staff through the President or the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director. If there are no Vincentians directly involved in the operation of the stores or special works, it should be reexamined to determine if it truly meets our Vincentian Rule.

Stores Board Looking for Volunteer Treasurer

Stores Board Looking for Volunteer Treasurer 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

The National SVdP Stores Board of Directors is searching for a Volunteer Treasurer.

Role and Responsibilities of the Volunteer Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be responsible for overseeing the corporate funds and maintenance of full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books (official records) belonging to the corporation and the deposit of all monies and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories for the local bookkeeper at the National Store as designated by the Store Support Director. The Treasurer shall be a liaison between the bookkeeper and the COO/CFO for the National Council of the U.S., Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc.

Store Support Director shall approve all expenses and go over the monthly QuickBooks reports before going to the Treasurer.

The Treasurer shall be a member of the Board of Directors (BOD) and attend meetings on a bimonthly schedule. The Treasurer informs BOD members of the Store’s financial position and approval of the monthly reports by submitting a written statement at every meeting. The Treasurer approves a budget for the Store, which shall be approved annually.

The Treasurer should have supervisory accounting experience that can review the current accounting processes and procedures, implementing improvements where necessary and can serve as the “eyes and ears” for the BOD.

To apply, contact Jeff Beamguard at jbeamguard@svdpusa.org or Diane Smith Melloy at dianesmithmelloy@gmail.com.

A Christmas Note to All Thrift Stores and Employees

A Christmas Note to All Thrift Stores and Employees 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Merry Christmas to all in our Thrift Stores and employees a little early!

We hope you are all thriving and enjoying the Holiday season so far. It is a great time of year for us to take care of our neighbors in need and ensure their Holiday is meaningful. Our Stores Committee would like to Thank ALL of you for all you do every day for SVdP! Thanks!

We have a few ideas for you to think about implementing in your stores during December to help grow your sales and take care of your customers.

Here they are:

  • Review your store hours- Maybe open your stores on Sunday a couple weeks before Christmas.
  • Does your store look like Christmas? Is there a BIG tree as you enter your store? Are there lights up- Christmas music playing. Festive!
  • Maybe pick a Saturday to offer coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.
  • Is your store full of product priced for the holiday? This could include sweaters, coats/jackets, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, and stocking stuffers. (Don’t forget ugly Christmas sweaters!) Cookware, dish sets, and gifts. Price items for $1-$2 for kids to buy for their parents.
  • Stores usually receive A LOT of Christmas decorations from last year. Price them right and move them quickly. Trees usually come in groves. Price them right and put them out on the floor! Don’t leave Holiday items in your backroom.
  • Please be sure your store is warm, inviting, well-lit, and clean for Holiday customers. Make sure staff are engaging with customers.
  • SVdP is a home where many shop with limited resources and need us to have our best foot forward! We are Macys to our customers!

These are just a few ideas to make our holiday season brighter for our neighbors in need. We know you all have dozens of ideas suggestions that make your stores special during the holidays! Thanks for all you do!

If you have ideas to share, contact Jeff Beamguard at jbeamguard@svdpusa.org or John Walters at waltjibt@aol.com

In closing- Please Cherish the Holiday time with friends and family. This time is precious and sometimes can be short.

Thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Stores Committee.

 

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