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Working for nine decades to alleviate local poverty

About Us

Our Mission

The District Council of Madison — Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization in which members join together in friendship to grow spiritually by providing person-to-person services to our neighbors in need.

Who we are

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul — Madison, is a membership organization of 400+ staff and volunteers dedicated to helping our neighbors in need. Our member volunteers conduct in-person home visits with people experiencing financial hardship and offer resources, hope and friendship without regard to race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender or other characteristics unrelated to the needs. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization operating as the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

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What we do

We offer food, prescription medication, clothing, furniture, household goods, emergency financial assistance, storage lockers and guidance to our neighbors in need.

We run seven St. Vinny’s Thrift Stores across Dane County which offer direct charity through a furniture, household goods and clothing voucher program for people living with low incomes. Sales from our stores help fund our services.


Began working in Madison


Thrift stores


Volunteer members

“Help your budget. Help your planet. Help your neighbor in need.”

- Slogan of Our Seven Dane County Thrift Stores