The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Naples is a Catholic lay organization whose members join together to grow spiritually by providing person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. We embrace all works of charity and justice and make no distinction in those served because in them we see the face of Christ.
Our Society serves everyone, regardless of creed, opinion, color, or origin. Simply, we help people.
Motivated by the teachings of Jesus Christ, when we see a need, we will prayerfully try and help. No act of charity is foreign to the Society :
“Verily, I say unto you, what you have done to the least of mine, you, have also done unto me”. Matthew 25:45
How We Help the Poor
The Conferences of the Naples District
The eight Catholic parishes of Collier County all have a St. Vincent de Paul Conference, a parish-based volunteer group. Working closely with the parish, the conference operates independently from the parish. With the cooperation of the parish, the conference raises and disburses funds at its own discretion. Conferences raise funds through donations and fundraising projects. Although providing volunteers to help staff our two thrift stores, the responsibility of operating the thrift stores is that of the Council, and as such any monies generated also becomes used to help the less fortunate at the discretion of the council.
The conferences come together cooperatively to form the Council. The presidents of the conferences compromise the Council Board of Directors which governs the operation of the Naples Society.
Members of each conference fill a variety of roles in helping the poor. Members of the conferences, known as Vincentian, help serve the poor in many roles. Major among these positions:
- Food Pantry Operations
- Meals on Wheels
- Thrift Store Operation
Caseworkers meet directly with those we help by meeting and conducting an interview to determine need. This is done at either at a home-visit with the person or family in need or in a meeting at our Family Assistance Center. Caseworkers will then prayerfully decide the best way to help, along with providing recommendations and referrals to other community agencies
Food Pantry Operations:
Our food pantry is stocked with donations from the parishes in Collier County, donations from
the Harry Chapin food bank, and items that are purchased by the Council. Those working in the pantry inventory, sort, and stock the shelves with food and hygiene and assist in the distribution to the poor
Meals on Wheels
Each day, volunteer drivers deliver over 240 meals to the needy from North Naples to Marco Island. This requires approximately 12 drivers and we are constantly in need of help. This service provides an opportunity to interact with those we serve. Sometimes this delivery provides the only personal contact to the recipient.
Thrift Store Operations
The Naples Council operates two thrift stores, one on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs and one on Tamiami Trail East in Naples. Hired staff manage the stores at the direction of the council, and Vincentians are needed to sort donated merchandise, clean and repair items for sale, stock the store, cashier, and complete other necessary tasks.
Our thrift stores are open to the public, Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Our Boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.
If you think that God may be calling you to join our Vincentian Ministry, please call 239-775-2907 ext. 4 or fill out the short form under the Volunteer sub-header of this website.
The Society is registered with the IRS as a 501 [c] 3 Charitable Corporation. (Registration Number SC-003346)