The Councilor

...I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. --Matthew 25: 35-36

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have some free time that you’d like to use productively? 

We may have just the thing for you!  

For our Fort Wayne District Council:

  • Drive our Care Van for a week at a time, four times a year, or be a substitute driver for a day or two at a time.  No special license required, just safe driving skills and compassion for people.
  • Have some computer skills?  Let’s talk!
  • Help organize and work at our Walk for the Poor in the fall.
  • Get pledges and walk the Walk for the Poor.
  • Donate new items for our annual Dance Party and Auction on October 13, in 2012.  Suggestions include time shares, game tickets, seasonal and holiday “baskets,” electronics, restaurant, movie and all sorts of other gift certificates.  Let your imagination be your guide!
  • Join us for one or more of our twice-a-year motor-coach trips.  See that page for more information.
  • Be a financial benefactor.
  • Be a Vincentian!

At our SVDP Thrift Store, 1600 South Calhoun St., Fort Wayne:

  • Help with receiving, sorting and storing donations.
  • Make signs for sales and announcements.
  • In our workshop, help construct chests of drawers, bunk beds and bookshelves to sell or give to the poor.
  • Have a pick-up truck?  Help pick up donations occasionally and/or make occasional deliveries.
  • Donate used shopping bags.
  • Donate gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, books and household goods and even cars, trucks, boats and camper trailers.  We sell them all!
  • Help make the seasonal merchandise changes four times a year.
  • Help with plumbing and electrical problems as needed.

At our parish SVDP conferences:

  • Collect non-perishable food, paper products (especially TP) and hygiene products for distribution to the needy.
  • Work when your parish food pantry is open if they keep regular hours or
  • Deliver food to the homes of the people we serve, always going two-by-two.
  • Learn how to serve the needs of the poor using the resources of your parish conference, meeting your less-fortunate neighbors and giving them a hand and sharing God’s Love at the same time.  This may involve handling telephone requests, making home visits, and networking with other conferences when needed.
  • Shop for grocery bargains to donate to your parish pantry, including day-old breads and pastries.
  • Help visit the sick and shut-ins.
  • Pray for the poor always and for those who try to help them in any way.