Oh My Goodness — We have generous donors! Our back room, shelves and floor are over flowing with donations. We need some help sorting and organizing the mountain of items donated to us these past several weeks as well as some spring cleaning…at least the calendar indicates it’s spring time.
Saturday, March 4th from 9 am to 1pm. Come one. Come All.
We need help with the following areas:
- Sorting Donations
- Sweeping Floors
- Cleaning Windows
- Dusting Shelves
- Moving Boxes
- Pricing Items
- Hanging Clothes
Come on our for a few hours. Make it a family event. Lunch will be served.
It’s not quite this bad…but it feels like it sometimes. Thanks!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul does not exist to simply help make poverty more tolerable. We are here to impact and improve lives. Life was not meant to be a miserable existence. God does not want that for his children.
The foundation of our local “Teach a Man to Fish” program can be summarized with the overall message from our National President about the theme of systemic change posted below.
The Definition of Insanity
“Doing the same things over and over and over again, and expecting different results.”
Thanks to the St. Mary of Hannah Church Youth Group for their work last Friday painting the dressing rooms at St. Vincent de Paul Traverse City. Wow! Excellent work kids.
Nice paint job by the kids from St. Mary of Hannah Church Youth Group.
The Board of Directors of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is seeking applications for additional board members.
The structure of the Board of Directors has recently been amended in an attempt to include a minimum of one representative from Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and one from each of the 5 main parishes in Grand Traverse County:
- St Francis of Assisi
- St. Patrick Catholic Church
- Immaculate Conception
- St. Joseph
- Christ the King
Terms of service are 3 years with staggered expiration dates. Additionally, there are two officer positions available; Vice-President and Treasurer.
Applicants must be active members of the Catholic community and should be willing to learn, work as a team member and be eager to guide the vision for St. Vincent de Paul’s future. Useful experience, education or skills might include prior work on a board, financial or business background, supervisory, or organizational skills, negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Board meetings are held monthly and members are expected to attend each meeting, participate, spend time outside of meetings on tasks and prepare for each meeting. Applications are due by February 22, 2013. Download Board Candidate Application.
Our youngest volunteer having fun while her dad does some heavy lifting.
Our youngest volunteer to date, Chloe, is seen below having a little fun imitating the tree art at the Vos home in Long Lake Township. Chloe helped her dad and other volunteers pick up items from generous donations this past Saturday all about Grand Traverse County. To build a strong foundation for the organization to last generations, it is important to get the kids involved. Everyone had a great time.
Donation pick ups are available on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, typically in the morning from 9 to noon. For more information, please call us at 231-947-8466.
“Don’t Forget to Call St. Vincent de Paul! “
The ladies stayed positive…and warm, during a recent volunteer session on Old Mission Peninsula. Thank you ladies for your hard work and dedication to St. Vincent de Paul in Traverse City.
Moving ahead with some finishing touches for Traverse City’s only Catholic Book & Gift Store… at St. Vinnie’s ! Inventory has been ordered, a few shelves need to be put in place, a little glass cleaner and some elbow grease and the store wil be open in time for the Advent season.
Volunteer Joe Brunett puts his talents to work putting up some material for the book store.
Shelving units prepped.
The gift shop area from the other side of the store.
Thank you Traverse City St. Francis seniors Noah LaLonde, Jake Tenbusch, Evan Primeau, Malcom LaLonde and JP Thornwell. They contributed a total of 19 hours of Christian service to St. Vincent de Paul. Much was accomplished to help the needy in our community. Thanks Boys!
JP Thornwell help construct some backroom shelving units.
Malcom LaLonde does the heavy lifting at St Vinnies this past week.
This past week, Board member Chris Gallagher donned his “Bob the Builder” wear and helped finish the task of removing all contents from the old location. Our new store opened on July 5th at 1207 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI — 1 mile South of the Traverse City dsitrict library.
Traverse City St. Francis High School freshman Victor did his share of hard work too.