Your generous donation will continue to support the charitable works
done within our parish community and elsewhere. 100% of your
contribution reaches the hands of those in need.
Let Us Go To the Poor:
Throughout the year volunteers of our parish conference make over 520 home visits to individuals and
families (including about 300 children) providing emergency food, food
vouchers, clothing and furniture.
We also pay visits to people in
hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.
At Christmas we provide extra help to
more than 125 needy families by delivering food baskets, clothing and
toys to small children.
Annually we hold a Christmas
dinner/party for the less fortunate. More than 50 adults and 90
children attend this event.
In the Toronto area over 65,000 people
are visited in their homes each year by 1168 volunteer members
organized in 120 working groups known as “Conferences’ (generally
parish based, but autonomous from the church.) In 2003 they distributed
$2.6 million in emergency aid through the Home Visitation Program and
an additional $375,000 for Christmas Assistance Programs.
A basic principle of the society is
that after local needs are met, any excess funds are spent where the
needs are greatest. (Ex. If an area experiences a natural disaster, in
Canada or elsewhere, our national office forwards funds to local St
Vincent de Paul volunteers in order to assist with these emergencies.)
Our Toronto Central Council operates many charitable programs including
Community Homes, Care Homes, Addiction Recovery Facilities, Women
Shelters, Community Stores, Camps and New Bed Program.
A Global Network of Charity:
Founded by Frederic Ozanam in 1833, today the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul has a total of 589,589 volunteer members, all “ Helping the Poor
World Wide.” There are currently 47,461 conferences in 133 countries.
“Twinning” of more affluent conferences
with needier conferences and “Internationally Funded Emergency Relief”
are among two of the many special projects of the society.