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
- 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
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
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:
Sign up as a Distribution Center Sorter of Clothing and Household Products (Monday-Saturday except Wednesday)
Sign up as a Distribution Center dock helper (Wednesday and Saturday)
Sign up as a Distribution Center Driver/Helper (Wednesday and Saturday)
Read about Distribution Center Volunteer Opportunities
Individual volunteer opportunities at the Distribution Center can be found by clicking one of the buttons above. Should you need information on scheduling groups, please contact Darlene Sweeney, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Homeless Ministry (open 9:00 till 11:30am on Wednesday and Saturday at the Distribution Center 1201 E. Maryland St.) is a program to help the homeless find sustaining employment through developing resumes, conducting job searches, housing research, and accessing needed social services. The St. Phillip Neri 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.
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
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.
Mission 27 Resale Store
Your donation of time to the Mission 27 Resale Store at 1618 Shelby Street helps 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. We are looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts throughout 2021.
Sign up as a Retail Assistant at Mission 27 Resale
Sign up as a Barista at Holy Grounds Cafe
Wednesday Home Delivery to Shut-Ins
Our requests always exceed the number of drivers available so your help is valued. We recommend each driver go out with a helper as they deliver food to 5-7 people. This is a wonderful ministry for couples to do together and generally can be completed in a couple of hours.
Click the button below to find a volunteer form that will put you in contact with our volunteer coordinator.
Parish Conference Members
The Conference is the basic unit of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and this is where the strength of the Society lies. The mission of the Conference is the mission of the Society: to join together in a bond of friendship, and to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. The Conferences operate within the Catholic parishes and provide its members with opportunities to minister to those in need on a person-to-person basis through home visits, and to serve in its special projects. The Conferences have a goal of creating “Neighborhoods of Hope” by caring for those people in our immediate areas of the community. The Society’s motto is “No work of charity is foreign to the Society.” For more information on St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conference Membership, call your local Catholic Parish and ask the Parish Secretary for the name and contact information for the President of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference.