We are continuing to operate both our food pantry and pharmacy — typically highly volunteer-dependent programs — during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now operating primarily on a curbside basis to help protect the health and safety of all involved, both of these programs have adapted and pared down the ways in which they make use of volunteer effort.
When we are able to return to our more typical models of pantry and pharmacy operation, we will need significant numbers of new volunteers. If interested, please reach out now by calling (608) 442-7200, x42, or by clicking here to send an email. Click here for updates specifically about how our food pantry’s services are being offered.
St. Vincent de Paul can serve neighbors in need because hundreds of caring people across Dane County volunteer their time. With support from a small core staff, volunteers provide the basic-needs help we offer through a range of programs that assist people struggling with poverty. Most importantly, volunteers offer hope and kindness with every interaction.
With limited volunteers due to COVID-19 safety protocols, we wanted to show you some other options to help Dane County families in need right now! Please check out our list below and let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at email@example.com.
ADVOCACY and OUTREACH
LETTERS and CRAFTS (Great to do with kids!)
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Most of our volunteers donate time to make sure the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 2033 Fish Hatchery Road in Madison, can serve local households five days per week (including Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings). Pantry volunteers help with reception, hosting and stocking for our large, customer-choice pantry, and up to a few dozen individuals fill volunteer roles each day we’re open. Schedules are flexible, and groups and families are welcome to volunteer time together. More than 1,500 persons offer more than 26,000 hours of service annually at our pantry. Do you want to get your church, club or corporate group involved at the pantry? We appreciate groups of 5 to 10 people serving together for shifts scheduled well in advance; please call (608) 442-7200, x42 or click here to send an email about making arrangements. Click here for more about how volunteers make our pantry work. Have you already applied to help? Sign up for shifts or update your information through our Volunteer Portal.
Call (608) 442-7200, x42 with questions on our full range of volunteer opportunities.
Come help our local effort to grow fresh produce at the Lacy Food Pantry Garden, 5897 Whalen Rd., Fitchburg. All produce from this garden is distributed through the St. Vincent de Paul – Madison Food Pantry. Volunteers are key to the success of the garden, which has been around for more than 20 years! Please click button and fill out form above if interested.
-Regular work sessions are held Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
-Special work sessions can be scheduled for groups wanting to come at a different time.
-Families, corporate and youth groups have been an important source of volunteers in the past and are welcome to join us this growing season.
-No previous gardening experience is necessary, a supervisor is always on site to show you what to do.
During the pandemic we offer limited opportunities to volunteer with residents. Please email Peter at Port St. Vincent de Paul or Priscilla at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House for information about special events.
Although most of our volunteers help us serve people in need without joining our Society, a core group of several hundred people in Dane County do serve as local members of the global Society of St. Vincent de Paul. These members join together to grow spiritually by providing person-to-person service to our neighbors in need. All services that our members and other volunteers provide through the Society are offered without regard to the religious beliefs, race or gender of those we assist.
In Dane County last year, more than 400 Vincentians – St. Vincent de Paul Society members and associate members – dedicated more than 14,000 hours toward helping our neighbors in need. Each year through 18 parish-based member groups around the county, these Vincentians − Catholics and non-Catholics − conduct hundreds of home visits with people who seek the Society’s assistance. Members also volunteer at our food pantry and in our other programs of service, and they work on special charity projects in their parishes and neighborhoods. A county-wide Youth Service Council of high-school-age members also helps out with special charitable projects. More information about membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is available here. If you may be interested in joining with others to help our neighbors in need as a St. Vincent de Paul member, please contact us by calling (608) 442-7200, x35, or through email by clicking here.
The Madison St. Vincent de Paul Youth Service Council (YSC) is part of the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The YSC is comprised of high school students from Catholic parishes throughout Dane County dedicated to service, faith and friendship. The Council plans events each year to grow in these characteristics. Find out more here.
“One of the volunteers out there that stocks and comes early always makes the bread look so perfect. When you go to a grocery store it (the bread) is all stacked – the brown, the white, the rolls. It is all stacked up like that and we deserve to have it look like a grocery store. That is a nice volunteer.”