Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- How do I get my items picked up?
- I want to be added to the housing waiting list / I want to live in St. Vincent de Paul housing
- How do I apply for a job with St. Vincent de Paul?
- Is St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County the same as other St. Vincent de Paul's in the U.S.?
- Is St. Vincent de Paul a Catholic organization?
- Where are your retail stores located?
- Where can I drop off donations of clothing, furniture, household goods, and other items?
- Do you accept appliances/couches/etc.?
- How can I make a cash donation?
- Do I qualify for rent and utility assistance, food boxes, or other services?
- How do I find out more about mattress recycling?
- Do you have a newsletter, and how do I sign up?
- Who was Saint Vincent de Paul?
1. How do I get my items picked up? (top)
To arrange for a pick-up in the Eugene-Springfield-Junction City area, call (541) 345-0595. To inquire about pickups in other St. Vinnie’s communities call: Florence, 541-997-8460; Albany, 541-928-1559; Oakridge, 541-782-4484; The Dalles, 541-370-1231. Pick-ups outside of Eugene-Springfield may be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on quantity and type of materials being donated. Please call to inquire. See a list of items you can donate>
2. I want to be added to the housing waiting list. How do I do that? (top)
To be eligible for St. Vincent de Paul housing, you must get on our wait list. Wait list applications are available at St. Vincent de Paul's Administrative Office at 2890 Chad Drive in Eugene between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Please note that you must have a source of income to get on the waiting list, and it typically takes 12-18 months to get into housing. We do not offer any emergency housing. Get more information about our housing>
3. How do I apply for a job with St. Vincent de Paul? (top)
Download the application online and return by email or snail mail, or visit the Administration Office at 2890 Chad Drive, Eugene. People interested in applying for positions in Stores, Donations, Books or Warehouses can fill out an application at any time. We keep applications active for 90 days and will call potential candidates if anything becomes available. Learn more or download an application here>
4. Is St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County the same as other St. Vincent de Paul's in the U.S.? (top)
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County is a separately organized and managed nonprofit. We are affiliated with the St. Vincent de Paul Society National Council in St. Louis, but we are run independently.
5. Is St. Vincent de Paul a Catholic organization? (top)
St. Vincent de Paul is a "lay" organization, meaning we are affiliated with the Catholic church but not part of it. Traditionally much of our volunteer base was drawn from the Catholic community. Catholic churches remains an important part of carrying out our mission; however, St. Vincent de Paul welcomes and appreciates the collaboration of a variety of faith communities, both Christian and non-Christian. People from any religion or creed are eligible to receive services, work for St. Vincent de Paul, or volunteer with the agency. None of our funding comes from the Catholic church, and members of the clergy are not allowed to sit on our Board of Directors.
6/ Where are your retail stores located? (top)
St. Vincent de Paul has 14 retail thrift stores in the Eugene-Springfield area, Florence, Oakridge, Junction City, Albany, and The Dalles. We also have five attended collection trailers in Eugene. Go here for store locations and hours>
Any of our 14 retail thrift stores or five attended collection sites accept item donations. For locations and hours go here>
Yes! We accept major appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators), furniture, and more. We can't accept plumbing fixtures, non-working TV's, infant furniture, and some other items. See a list of items you can donate>
9. How can I make a cash donation? (top)
Thanks for asking! You can donate online, snail-mail a check to St. Vincent de Paul at PO Box 24608, Eugene, OR 97402, or call 541-743-7144. If you want to support a particular program be sure to indicate it.
10. Do I qualify for rent and utility assistance, food boxes, or other services? (top)
Different programs have different requirements. The best thing to do is call the program you're interested in and ask if you qualify. If you are looking for assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing and furniture, housing, shelter or job training, please visit the Get Help section of the website.
11. How do I find out more about mattress recycling? (top)
Visit our Mattress Recycling Section or call (541) 687-5820.
12. Do you have a newsletter, and how do I sign up? (top)
We have a twice-monthly email newsletter. Sign up on the sidebar at the left of the page. For our bi-annual printed newsletter, the "St. Vinnie's Voice", please contact us or call 541-743-7144.
13. Who was Saint Vincent de Paul? (top)
Saint Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a Catholic priest dedicated to serving the poor, and a Catholic saint. He was canonized in 1737. Saint Vincent was born in France and became a priest, but a slave’s deathbed confession ignited his passion for the suffering. In 1622 De Paul was appointed chaplain to the galleys, and in this capacity he gave missions for the galley-slaves. In 1625 Saint Vincent founded the Congregation of the Mission, a society of missioning priests commonly known as the Vincentians, to work among the poor in small towns and the countryside. In 1633, with the assistance of Louise de Marillac he founded the Daughters of Charity. He was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity. Learn more>