Coronavirus & What We Do
Update as of May 26, 2020
- All seven thrift stores re-open on Tuesday, May 26th with safety measures in place. Both shopping and donation centers will be open at all seven locations. Details here
- Financial Donations: Your help is needed now more than ever, and funds allow us to direct your help to the most crucial areas of need at any given time. Please click here to donate now. Thank you!
- Now offering schedule/no-contact pickups on a limited basis: Starting Wed., April 29, we are able to offer scheduled, no-contact home pickup of bagged or boxed clothing, shoes or other small household items (sorry, no furniture).
We at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul council serving Dane County have been closely monitoring the situation regarding spread of the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes. The health and safety of the neighbors in need we serve and of our customers, members, volunteers and employees are what matter most to us. We are aware that Governor Evers recently extended the Safer at Home order until May 26. As an essential non-profit business, we plan to continue running our programs and operations like they have been prior to the Safer at Home extension. All details are below.
Despite the challenging circumstances for public health, the many services we offer local households coping with poverty remain crucial – and even all the more needed now. To the extent possible, we are adapting the ways we provide service to meet those needs. This growing health crisis is fluid, and we will continue to make changes to our standard operating procedures as needed and will provide updates on this page.
Some actions we’re taking apply across our areas of operation:
- Encouraging clients, members, other volunteers and employees to stay home if ill
- Promoting proper hygiene (see public-health recommendations below*) among clients, volunteers, and staff – and encouraging all to stay home if feeling sick
- Frequent sanitizing of door handles, carts, keyboards, work surfaces, tables and other items commonly exposed to touch at our service locations
Other actions specific to our particular areas of focus are noted below:
- Food Pantry: We are maintaining normal WEEKDAY hours of operation, now closed on SATURDAYs starting April 4th. Click here for the latest on updates specific to how our food pantry’s services are being offered.
- Food Donations: We are not seeking food donations from individual households at this point. If you would like to help, please consider providing funds instead. To make a secure online donation, please click here.
- Charitable Pharmacy: We are maintaining our regular hours for existing patients. On a case-by-case basis, we are taking steps to increase the period of supply (90 day instead of 30) when possible and are now operating using curbside pickup.
- Vinny’s Lockers: Vinny’s Lockers is temporarily closed. If emergency access to material stored at Vinny’s Lockers is required, please call 608-205-8276 during daytime hours.
- Housing Programs: The structure and assistance we provide through Port St. Vincent de Paul and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House program allow dozens of men and women and their children to find a safe and secure place to call home that offers guidance and support for taking next steps toward key life goals, including permanent housing. These programs continue to operate and to prioritize maintaining the health of program participants and staff.
- Thrift Stores: All seven of our Dane County thrift stores will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th. Both shopping areas and donation centers will be open at all seven locations in Dane County. Check out shopsaintvinnys.com for more details.
- Goods Donations: All seven thrift store locations and their donation centers will be open on Tuesday, May 26th. We are also offering home pickup (no furniture please). Visit our Donate Goods page for more info: https://svdpmadison.org/donate/goods/. We know that while safer at home, many of our supporters have been reducing what they no longer need around the house and are anxious to promote reuse & recycling through our stores. We look forward to “upcycling” donations of gently used goods now into sales later that will support our mission of helping our Dane County neighbors in need, especially once we are able to open up our stores again.
- Member Activities & Events: Please see communication directly from St. Vincent de Paul staff or email Gayle Westfahl (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the latest information, or contact a leader of your conference (local member group) about its plans.
- Home Visits: Our 18 member groups around Dane County typically go in pairs to visit the homes of people who have requested certain kinds of assistance, including help with furniture or utilities. This sort of visitation by our members is suspended for the time being due to the public-health crisis. No vouchers for clothing, furniture or other goods are being issued until further notice. Visit this page again for updates, or call (608) 257-0919 for more information.
- Volunteering: Due to the public-health crisis, we are not seeking additional volunteer assistance at this time. Current volunteers, please see communication directly from St. Vincent de Paul staff for the latest information about pantry and pharmacy volunteer efforts and scheduling.
- Financial Donations: Your help is needed now more than ever, and funds allow us to direct your help to the most crucial areas of need at any given time. Please click here to donate now. Thanks!
*Please note that public health authorities recommend the following to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Frequent washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and — if soap and water are not readily available — use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or using the inside of the elbow
- Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Social-distancing, including avoiding crowds and staying at least six feet away from other people
- Staying home when sick
Stay up to date on the latest local news from the Public Health Madison & Dane County website regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19: https://www.publichealthmdc.com/health-services/partners-providers/resources-by-disease/coronavirus
Questions and concerns may be directed to email@example.com or (608) 442-7200.