Whether you view Executive Director Terry McDonald as socio-economic visionary or eccentric dumpster diver, it’s hard to argue with his motives. From its genesis as a volunteer group having rummage sales to help the needy, Terry has grown St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County with the times, expanding waste-based enterprises to fund social services and addressing the needs of a burgeoning low-to-no income population facing grim economic realities.
What would you do if you had the money? Take a class? Buy a house or repair the one you’ve got? Invest in your career? Program Manager Colleen Stewart invites you to explore how you can multiply your resources, improve your surroundings, invest in yourself. Check out her VIDA spring class schedule.
A Huge Holiday Undertaking. Here’s Why.
Categories: Author: SVdP staff Date: Tuesday, January 28 2014
Kristin Larsen already had a job when she volunteered for the 2-month task of coordinating St. Vinnie’s 2013 Holiday Joy program. You may wonder, why would a person make such a commitment? Here’s why.
While St. Vinnie’s staff scrambled amid stormy weather, holiday schedules, and end-of-year opportunities, volunteers and donors quietly gathered the stuff of Holiday Joy. Not for themselves, but for low-income individuals and families in St. Vinnie’s affordable housing, and those affiliated with First Place Family Center. In many cases, the items provided by caring individuals, clubs, businesses, and faith communities were the only gifts received. In all, 250 households and nearly 100 homeless families were served.