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“I receive much more than I give at this volunteer opportunity.”

- Food pantry volunteer

We offer competitive pay and full-time benefits.

As St. Vincent de Paul — Madison encompasses seven thrift stores and several programs of assistance people looking for both retail experience or nonprofit work are welcome! St. Vinny’s Thrift Stores provide a fast-paced retail experience with room to grow while our programs of assistance provide dedicated, community-focused people a great non-for-profit experience. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of age, race, color, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, military service, or use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours, or any characteristic protected by applicable local, state and federal law. Click here for our Non-discrimination Policy.

Per our Safeguarding Policy, training and a background check will be required.

Safeguarding Policy

Our volunteers serve with their time and talents.

We can serve neighbors in need because hundreds of caring people across Dane County volunteer their time and talents. 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. Why volunteer? Learn new skills, build relationships and have fun: 9 Benefits of Volunteering.

Per our Safeguarding Policy, training and a background check will be required prior to volunteering.

Safeguarding Policy

Food Pantry

Many volunteers donate time in the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry to serve local households who need food. Volunteers help sort and pack boxes of food or load and direct cars in our outdoor drive-through pantry. Part-time schedules are flexible. Beginning on Saturday, February 3rd, our food pantry will reopen for service on Saturday mornings. We welcome individuals, couples, students ages middle-school and up, churches, clubs or corporate groups. We encourage groups of 5-10 people to schedule a shift well in advance in order to volunteer together.

Contact Zoe Lavender, Volunteer Coordinator, at (608) 442-7200 x71 for more info.

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Charitable Pharmacy

Our Charitable Pharmacy provides free prescriptions to uninsured adult patients in Dane County through the support of our staff and numerous volunteers! Whether you are a student, nurse, pharmacist, medical specialist or another interested community member we can use your help to care for patients. You can support our patients in various roles: front desk help, volunteer pharmacists, volunteer pharmacy or pre-pharmacy students, or Spanish translators. No medical experience is required.

Contact Cheryl Dull, Pharmacy Technician, at (608) 442-7200 for more info.

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Lacy Garden

Come help our local effort to grow fresh produce at the Lacy Garden (5897 Whalen Road, Fitchburg). All produce grown here is distributed through our food pantry. Volunteers are key to the success of the garden, which has been around for more than 20 years! No previous gardening experience is necessary, a supervisor is always on-site to show you what to do. Regular work sessions are held Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, May through October. 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.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program

Volunteer through the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program to help single custodial adults with minor children as they stabilize in their new permanent housing.

Contact Priscilla Lentini, Seton Program Director, at (608) 819-1061 for more info.

Vincentians provide person-to-person care and support.

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization leading women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Based in Catholic parishes, Vincentians gather together in groups called Conferences which focus on spirituality, fellowship and works of charity.

Per our Safeguarding Policy, training and a background check will be required prior to service.

Safeguarding Policy

St. Vincent de Paul Members

A core group of several hundred people in Dane County 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.

Contact Gayle Westfahl, Membership Director, at (608) 442-7200 x35 to join.

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High School Students

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 and joins the global mission to grow in spirituality through service and friendship. The YSC meets twice monthly on Monday nights between September and May.

Contact Gayle Westfahl, Membership Director, at (608) 442-7200 x35 to join.

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