Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Indianapolis Archdiocesan Council, Inc.

 

I Want to Help

Every day in Marion County, people of poverty face special challenges for sheer sustenance and personal safety. This sobering reality is underscored by the fact that poverty is on the rise and Marion County’s poverty rate is increasing faster than the rate for both Indiana and the US.

The faces of poverty surround us: they go to our area schools, attend the same churches, and often just live down the street from us. Most startling is that nearly 33% of all children in Marion County under the age of 18 are in poverty. Which begs the question… what can I do?

There is room at the table of help for everyone. An abundance of volunteer opportunities exist. Donations of used appliances and furniture are needed. Monetary donations support the the many works performed by SVdP to address community needs. The call for help and the fulfillment of that need speaks to the heart of Jesus’ message: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Your involvement will never be more important — or rewarding.


Donate Money

Our desire to help the less fortunate depends on the help of those who can. One-time and recurring monetary donations can take many forms—from personal and business donations to memorials and gifts to celebrate special occasions. Click the blue buttons below to make one-time or set-up recurring donations using Paypal. You can also download the forms below and send in your donation via US mail to 3001 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218. Please make checks payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For questions regarding donations, please call (317) 687-1006.

Your personal gift is one of the strongest, individual ways in which you can band with SVdP to address the unmet needs of our community’s poor. Your donation may be a one-time or a recurring donation—simply specify on the form. We do thank you for sharing your blessings in this way.

Or, download form to pay by mail.

Many business make generous donations to SVdP to benefit the poor in our community. Would your business help us in this worthy effort? In-kind merchandise, as well as furnishings and equipment, are gratefully accepted. Call 317-924-5769 to coordinate your donation.

Or, download form to pay by mail.

Donations can be designated to honor the memory of a friend or loved one who is no longer with us. Please make sure to note who you are honoring when submitting your donation, so that appropriate notification can be sent.

Or, download form to pay by mail.

Donations can be designated to honor a friend or loved one to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special event. Please make sure to note who you are honoring when submitting your donation, so that appropriate notification can be sent.

Or, download form to pay by mail.

Estate Planning
If you wish to discuss estate planning or making gifts of stock through a bequest, please call: (317) 625-6293.

Donate Time

Volunteers are the life force behind the management and operations of our Council. We must continually recruit volunteers to fulfill our mission of helping the poor. We welcome young and old alike, and it’s a great way for students to fulfill service hour requirements. Everyone has something to offer and you are invited to join us with whatever time and God-given talents you wish to donate. We ask only that you embrace and adhere to the mission of the Society. We know that you will find it to be one of the most rewarding things you can do. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

Expand to view a partial list of tasks needing volunteer assistance:

  • food pantry sorters, stockers, baggers
  • pantry client processors
  • truck drivers (CDL is not required)truck loading assistance
  • dock workers
  • sorting, sizing, displaying wearing apparel
  • electricians
  • carpenters
  • large appliance repair (gas & electric ranges, washers, dryers, etc…)
  • small appliance repair
  • furniture repair
  • distribution assistants (Saturdays)
  • telephone answering
  • home visitations
  • data processing, accounting, and other office activities
  • Beggars for the Poor ministry
  • Systemic Change Facilitators
  • speakers’ bureau presentations

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Food Pantry Volunteer

Our 30th Street Pratt-Quigley Client Choice Food Pantry serves all of central Indiana residents in need. Responding to God’s call to “Feed the Hungry,” we strive to manifest God’s love by providing a selection of food and self-help programs to those in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect for client and volunteer alike.

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Volunteer at Boulevard Place

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Changing Lives Forever Volunteer

At the heart of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is to not only provide for our clients’ immediate needs, but to offer real avenues to clients to help them learn how to lift themselves from the confines of poverty. Learn more

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Distribution Center Volunteer

Our Maryland Street Distribution Center serves all of central Indiana. Appliances, beds, furniture, clothing, and linens, basic household goods and  are received from donors, or from vendors at discounted prices, These items are distributed using a Referral Form system after clients’ needs are determined and verified through a home visit. Following are volunteer opportunities for the overall function of the Distribution Center:

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Wednesday Homeless Ministry

The Wednesday Homeless Ministry (at the Distribution Center) is a program to help the homeless find sustaining employment through developing resumes, conducting job searches, housing research, and accessing needed social services. The Holy Cross SVdP Conference is asking for donations of used bicycles to help those in need with no means of transportation. Bicycles needing repair are also welcome. We also need helmets, ponchos, backpacks, bicycle locks, and reading glasses for this program.

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Beggars for the Poor Ministry

Join us each Saturday as we take a truck to Roberts Park Methodist Church (401 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis) with meals provided by host churches to the Indianapolis homeless community. Learn more

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Telephone Ministry

Our Telephone Ministry involves answering phone calls on your own home phone – however, your phone number will be blocked so that callers will not be able to see your personal phone number. You will take calls from people in need of assistance . Comprehensive training will be provided.

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Mission 27 Resale Store

Your donation of time to the Mission 27 Resale Store allows us to sell good things for a good purpose. Named in memory of St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day, proceeds from Mission 27 are earmarked for bettering the nutritional offerings of the food pantry, and helping underwrite the costs associated with our Changing Lives Forever program. Many volunteers are needed! Mission 27 is located at 132 Leota St., Indianapolis.

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Donate Goods

To schedule a Saturday morning pick-up of usable major appliances (electric ranges, washers, electric dryers and refrigerators—(even if needing repair), furniture, lamps and other basic household items, complete our on-line form by clicking on the… SCHEDULE A PICK UP box below, or call our Help Line: 317-687-1006.  

Clothing, linens, pots and pans, tableware, dishware, glassware and books are accepted if accompanied by other major items.  Adult bicycles are also accepted (even if needing repair), along with helmets, locks, backpacks and reading glasses. 

 Lead time on pick-ups is typically up to 2 weeks.  You will be notified promptly of the pick-up date after we receive the submission.

 Please note that we do not accept used mattresses, box springs or bed frames at this time.

 Donated items are always welcome if delivered directly to our Distribution Center at 1201 Maryland St. between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM Monday Saturday

Holiday schedules may vary with receiving hours docks coinciding with the Mission 27 Resale Store hours which are 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Friday and on Saturday 9:AM – 4:00 PM

Receiving docks are at the back (south) side of the building fronting on Georgia St.

 Thank you for your generosity, and for making it possible for those who have few resources to get a second life from your still-usable items. 

Wish List of Items Most Needed
All donations are appreciated, however the following items are usually in short supply:

  • Items on our wish list to take:Appliances:

                    Washers

    Dryers (electric only)

    Refrigerators

    Ranges (electric only)

    Bicycles, adult size preferred

    Clothing, linens and books are accepted when picked up with other items on this list

    Cooking utensils, pots and pans

    Dishware, glassware, flatware

    Furniture and household furnishings

                    Sleeper sofas must be on ground floor

                    Sectional sofas with no more than 2 pieces

    Lamps

    Small appliances

    Space heaters, fans

    Vacuum cleaners

List of Items We Cannot Accept

Unfortunately, we cannot accept every donation. A list of items we cannot accept is provided here. As a resource for you, a recycling link is provided for you to arrange the disposal of items that SVdP cannot accept.

Please also note, The Bally Foundation, distributes Durable Medical Equipment (walkers, crutches, bath stools, etc.) at no cost to individuals. The Bally Foundation can be contacted via email , or phone at 317-626-0782.

  • Baby beds, cribs, car seatsBeds including mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards/footboards

    Bookcases, wood or metal

    Built-in cabinetry, built-in appliances

    Bunk beds

    Carpeting, wall-to-wall or remnants

    Desks

    Electronic componentry, computers, keyboards, monitors

    Encyclopedias

    Exercise equipment

    Freezers

    Futons, waterbeds

    Gas heaters, gas ranges, gas dryers

    Lawn mowers, trimmers, edgers

    Office furniture, filing cabinets (wood or metal)

    Pianos, organs

    Swing sets, toys, games, riders

    TVs, stereos, entertainment centers

    VHSs

    Window air conditioners

    Windows, doors, cabinets

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Donate Food

If any groups would like to conduct a Food Drive to support the 30th Street SVdP Food Pantry, please send an email to info@svdpindy.org or call (317) 924-5769.

Generally, we have an ample supply of canned vegetables obtained from food drives in November and December. Large food drives conducted by Catholic High Schools provide the majority of this inventory.

All donations are appreciated, but if possible, please solicit the specific items shown at the right which are usually in short supply. Note that any food brought directly to the Pantry helps avoid the fees charged by other food sources.

Of course, monetary donations are always needed to supplement food supplies. This allows SVdP to purchase needed products at a negotiated reduced cost from vendors. Please mail contributions to 3001 E 30th Street, Indianapolis IN 46218.

Thank you for your contributions, prayers and support of Vincentian volunteers dedicated to our motto: “Help Christ Help The Needy.”

Wish List of Items Most Needed

All donations are appreciated, however the following items are usually in short supply:

  • cereal
  • canned tuna and salmon
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • canned fruit. and veggies
  • rice
  • pasta and noodles
  • pasta sauce
  • box dinners
  • box mixes
  • mac and cheese


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Our Programs

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If the Church fails to put the poor at the center of its ministry, we fail to understand the message of Christ.

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