St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Drive!
Hope to see you at Redner’s Warehouse Markets on Sunday, August 4th between 8 am and 6 pm for the food drive! St. Vincent de Paul Society of Saint Joseph’s Church of the Panther Valley volunteers will be in the lobby from 8AM to 6PM collecting donations and spreading the word about our Emergency Food Pantry. No donation is too small! We are in need of canned goods, pasta, butter, ground beef, peanut butter, jelly, toiletries, and ramen noodles. Please help us to continue our mission of assisting others within our local community.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society relies on donations from our parish family, members of the community, the Salvation Army, and other local organizations to help those in need. Throughout the Panther Valley area, we have posted flyers advertising our emergency food pantry services. Those in need simply pull a tab from the flyer and call the parish office. They will receive a return phone call from one of our members, who will assess their needs and deliver food to their door.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is proud to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Diocese of Allentown’s Local Poverty Relief Fund. A collection for the Local Poverty Relief Fund was held throughout the Diocese of Allentown on November 18-19, 2017. The proceeds from this collection are used to fund projects and services that alleviate or address poverty as approved by the Bishop of the Diocese. We are so grateful for this grant and plan to use it for the following areas: Community Dinners, Fuel Assistance, Community Garden, Furniture, and Clothing.
The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul has awarded our chapter a grant in the amount of $7,213.59. We are humbled to even be considered for such a sizeable donation! We will discuss this grant at our next meeting and look forward to being able to reach more people within our community.
Recently, SVdP members attended Pathstone Family Fun Night at Carbon county Head Start in Coaldale. Information was distributed about our Emergency Food Pantry and fun crafts were available for the children.
John Horvath – President
Joseph Pelcheck – Vice President
Marie Nihen – Treasurer
Christine LeClair – Secretary
Marilyn Barrett, Mary Comensky, Joe DeAngelo, Rita DeFebo, Patti Gerber, Faye Hlavaty, Mary Hnat, Trish Kane, Sharon Kracum , Dorothy Kuhn, Therese Lilly, April MacDonald, Mary Ellen Ogazalek, Marge Pelcheck, Bella Scinicariello, Mary Helen Shelton, Michael Vigoda, Joe Ward, Margaret Pascoe, Joe Tenisci, Lauren Neitz, and Harmony Smith.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help! Donations are accepted in the form of cash, check, grocery store gift cards, food items, and toiletries. Please contact the parish office to schedule the drop off or pick up of food or toiletries. Monetary or gift card donations can be placed in the collection basket at any Mass or mailed to 118 North Market Street, Summit Hill, PA 18250.
If you would like to become involved, we typically hold our meetings in the parish social hall on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Food items that we are currently low on include: cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stove top stuffing, fruit juices, and soup.
Toiletry items that we currently need include: toothbrushes, toothpaste (adult and child), toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, baby wash, diaper cream, and diapers.