Thursday, April 30, 2009
This is the DAY!
Due to the economic downturn and the fact that more individuals are in need, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding another 'Beat the Economy' sale TODAY from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at its thrift store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles. All store merchandise will be discounted 50% throughout the day (some exclusions apply).
Imagine...needed household items 50% off ALL DAY at the store the Los Angeles Times calls the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene.' Not only does this sale help YOU, the shopper, but store proceeds help improve the quality of life of children, women and men in the Society's various outreach programs. Directions to the Society's store, located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium, can be found on the right column of this blog.
Information: 323-224-6280 or 1-800-97-HELP-1.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Did YOU miss the Society's huge thrift store $ALE last week in Los Angeles? Don't worry! With the bad economy and the success of last week's sale, the Society will host another bargain day on TOMORROW, April 30, as store merchandise will be discounted 50% ALL DAY (some exclusions apply).
Again...needed household items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday at the store the Los Angeles Times calls the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene.' Directions to the Society's store, which is located at 210 N. Avenue 21 and just down the hill from Dodger Stadium, can be found on the right column of this blog.
Information: 323-224-6280 or 1-800-97-HELP-1.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Who wants to go to St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp this summer near beautiful Santa Barbara? Before you raise your hands, there is one catch. You have to be a child between the ages of 7-13. Sorry adults!
With the challenging economy and the fact that many more families can't afford summer vacation this year, local parishes have agreed to include camp information in their Sunday bulletins. For many children, attending summer camp will be their ONLY VACATION of 2009.
Camp will consist of eight one-week sessions in July and August, and include swimming, sports, crafts, hiking, music, drama, nature study, campfires, a beach trip and more fun.
Circle V Ranch thanks the following parishes for helping to get the word out about summer camp to many families: Holy Family, South Pasadena; Holy Family, Glendale; St. Dominic, Los Angeles; St. Bernard, Los Angeles; St. Ignatius of Loyola, Los Angeles; and Divine Saviour, Los Angeles.
If YOUR parish can help by including summer camp information in the Sunday bulletin, please call the Society's camp office at 323-224-6213.
Note - Financial aid available for children who qualify.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Are you a resident of Ventura County or plan on visiting the area this weekend - more specifically Oxnard? Then check out these amazing deals at the Society's Oxnard Thrift Store at 1258 Saviers Road.
Feel free to print out this coupon and bring to the store. Directions to the Society's Oxnard thrift store can be found in the right column of this blog.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
TODAY is the THE DAY for GIANT $aving$ on everyday household items at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles (210 N. Avenue 21, 90031). Everything in the store (some exclusions do apply) will be 50% off!!! And during this difficult economy, what better time to increase the Society's everyday low savings up another notch!
That's all day TODAY - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. - at the Society's thrift store, located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium off the 5 freeway. Directions to the store can be found in the right column of this blog.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
During these tough times, a buck saved is a buck earned!!!
And, TOMORROW, at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles, YOU can save alot of bucks, as store merchandise will be 50% off all day!!! (some exclusions apply).
Just think...needed household items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one day only....Thursday, April 23 at the Society's store at 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., 90031. Directions to the store can be found on the right column of this blog.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Check out these amazing deals in the Pennysaver for the Society's Oxnard Thrift Store. Feel free to print this coupon out and bring to the store. Directions to the Society's Oxnard thrift store can be found in the right column of this blog.
Posted by Pick at 12:46 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Society of St. Vincent de Paul appears in "USA Today" Better Business Bureau "Wise Giving" National Charity List
The Society of St. Vincent De Paul USA recently was listed in USA Today as one of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving National Charities. To view the ad, please go to the BBB photo in the right column of this blog. For more information, please keep reading...
* Better Business Bureau report issued November 2008.
* Better Business Bureau report expires November 2010.
This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy.
These standards replace the separate standards of the National Charities Information Bureau and the CBBBs' Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service that were in place at the time the organizations merged.
The Standards for Charity Accountability were developed with professional and technical assistance from representatives of small and large charitable organizations, the accounting profession, grant making foundations, corporate contributions officers, regulatory agencies, research organizations and the BBBs. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance also commissioned significant independent research on donor expectations to ensure that the views of the general public were reflected in the standards.
The generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and Sony Corporation of America helped underwrite the development of these standards and related research.
Organizations that comply with these accountability standards have provided documentation that they meet basic standards:
In how they govern their organization,
In the ways they spend their money,
In the truthfulness of their representations, and
In their willingness to disclose basic information to the public.
These standards apply to publicly soliciting organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to other organizations conducting charitable solicitations. The standards are not intended to apply to private foundations, as they do not solicit contributions from the public.
The overarching principle of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability is full disclosure to donors and potential donors at the time of solicitation and thereafter. However, where indicated, the standards recommend ethical practices beyond the act of disclosure in order to ensure public confidence and encourage giving. As voluntary standards, they also go beyond the requirements of local, state and federal laws and regulations.
In addition to the specific areas addressed in the standards, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance encourages charitable organizations to adopt the following management practices to further the cause of charitable accountability.
Initiate a policy promoting pluralism and diversity within the organization's board, staff, and constituencies. While organizations vary widely in their ability to demonstrate pluralism and diversity, every organization should establish a policy, consistent with its mission statement, that fosters such inclusiveness.
Ensure adherence to all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations including submission of financial information.
Maintain an organizational adherence to the specific standards cited below. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance also encourages charities to maintain an organizational commitment to accountability that transcends specific standards and places a priority on openness and ethical behavior in the charity's programs and activities.
STANDARDS FOR CHARITABLE ACCOUNTABILITY
GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT
The governing board has the ultimate oversight authority for any charitable organization. This section of the standards seeks to ensure that the volunteer board is active, independent and free of self-dealing. To meet these standards, the organization shall have:
1. A board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.
2. A board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.
3. A minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.
4. Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.
[Publicly soliciting churches and other houses of worship: see the Implementation Guide for further information about the application of this standard.]
5. No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.
An organization should regularly assess its effectiveness in achieving its mission. This section seeks to ensure that an organization has defined, measurable goals and objectives in place and a defined process in place to evaluate the success and impact of its program(s) in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the organization and that also identifies ways to address any deficiencies. To meet these standards, a charitable organization shall:
6. Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.
7. Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.
This section of the standards seeks to ensure that the charity spends its funds honestly, prudently and in accordance with statements made in fund raising appeals. To meet these standards, the charitable organization shall:
Please note that standards 8 and 9 have different denominators.
8. Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.
Formula for Standard 8:
Total Program Service Expenses
should be at least 65%
9. Spend no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.
Formula for Standard 9:
Total Fund Raising Expenses
should be no more than 35%
Total Related Contributions
10. Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.
[Meeting certain public disclosure requirements described in the Implementation Guide may enable a charity to satisfy this standard.]
An organization that does not meet Standards 8, 9 and/or 10 may provide evidence to demonstrate that its use of funds is reasonable. The higher fund raising and administrative costs of a newly created organization, donor restrictions on the use of funds, exceptional bequests, a stigma associated with a cause and environmental or political events beyond an organization's control are among factors which may result in expenditures that are reasonable although they do not meet the financial measures cited in these standards.
11. Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $250,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $100,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.
12. Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.
13. Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.
14. Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.
FUND RAISING AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS
A fund raising appeal is often the only contact a donor has with a charity and may be the sole impetus for giving. This section of the standards seeks to ensure that a charity's representations to the public are accurate, complete and respectful. To meet these standards, the charitable organization shall:
15. Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard.
A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.
16. Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes:
the organization's mission statement,
a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments,
a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors,
financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.
17. Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.
19. Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October),
any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).
Posted by Pick at 5:01 PM
Friday, April 17, 2009
During these tough times, a buck saved is literally a buck earned. And, at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles, YOU can save alot of bucks on Thursday, April 23, as store merchandise will be 50% off all day!!! (some exclusions apply). Just think....needed store items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one day only....Thursday, April 23 at the Society's store at 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., 90031. Directions to the store can be found on the right column of this blog.
Posted by Pick at 3:53 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Dear Young Vincentians,
Just a reminder...
As many of you know, the Society's Annual Youth/Young Adult Work-Retreat is coming up on the weekend of April 24-26. As always, we are allocating five spots per youth, young adult, high school or university Conference. As extra spaces become available, I'll be sure to let you know so that you may bring additional members, if needed.
Feel free to let me know how many Vincentians we should expect from your Conference. You can contact me by calling 323-226-1757 or e-mailing email@example.com if you have any questions.
Continued blessings for all you do.
Yours in St, Vincent de Paul,
Manuel A. Sánchez
Youth/Young Adult Conference Coord.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Council of Los Angeles
Posted by Pick at 3:08 PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Due to the difficult economy, and the fact that past camp donors are disappearing as a result, 710AM ESPN Radio this week has begun airing three different Council camp appeal ads to help bring in needed funds to help send disadvantaged children to summer camp.
Each ad (one :30 second and two :60 second spots) includes sound-bytes from children on what they love about the Council's Circle V Ranch and a short narrative from Camp Director Ray Lopez, which includes an appeal for $150 (tax-deductible) to help offset the $300 weekly camp fee per child. There are eight one-week sessions, and the Society hopes to host 1,200 children from throughout Southern California.
Won't you please help the Council send underserved children to camp this summer? Please earmark your check '2009 ESPN Camp Appeal' and send it to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of L.A., 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Information: 1-800-97-HELP-1 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Pick at 5:00 AM
Monday, April 13, 2009
1. I pray for You to enlarge in me and allow me to understand how to approach You.
2. I pray I will have spiritual growth, healing and good.
3. I pray for You to enter my mind and being so that I do not fear anything anymore.
4. I pray and I give thanks to You for enabling me to have another day in this earth plane, to learn my lessons and to connect to my spirit.
5. I pray I make this day as good to me and to others as You are good to me.
6. I pray and I ask for Your Truth to fill my mind and all my being this and every day.
7. I pray I would like to be financially free having more than enough money and prosperity in this life.
8. I pray for You to lead and guide me to ultra success today.
9. I pray for You to help me to learn the lessons I came into this lifetime to learn.
10. I pray for You to help me with my goals for this year, this week and today.
11. I pray and I thank You for this work I do, the people and the methods with which I earn my living.
12. I pray I will be given new opportunities to earn more than enough money and to fulfill my creative and internal desires to succeed.
13. I pray and give gratitude for all the good I have and go through each day with the proper attitude of gratefulness.
14. I pray and I believe in You and I trust You to provide for my every need, want and desire in Your own way and in Your own time. I am ready to receive all the good You have prepared for me in this lifetime, now.
15. I pray, at this very moment, I will cleanse from my heart and mind all thoughts that keep me from seeing and receiving the full hope of You.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thank you Vincentians for ALL that you do to help improve the lives of disadvantaged, homeless and working-poor families in your local communities. Because of YOU and God's Grace, children, women and men are better off today!
A big thank you also goes to the Council's many donors who help with the Society's various outreach programs. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Have a Blessed Good Friday and a HAPPY EASTER!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
As numerous businesses lay off employees or close their doors, the Council's outreach continues to increase as local families and individuals seek assistance.
To help combat this challenge, the Council is trying to keep its name in front of the public's eyes to remind everyone that the Society is here to help improve the quality of life for the hurting, and that assistance is needed to help meet the needs.
One of the Council's current needs is for businesses, organizations and individuals to help sponsor children, ages 7-13, to summer camp, as some valuable sponsors are disappearing due to the economic downturn. This is a major concern for the Council's Camp Department and the children it serves.
To help offset this problem, yesterday three young campers and Ray Lopez, Circle V Ranch Camp Director, recorded a spot at 710AM ESPN Radio to encourage the public to help sponsor boys and girls to camp this year. The Council's goal is for the public to help offset the cost by donating $150 (tax-deductible) of the $300 total fee per child, per camp session. There are eight one-week sessions, and the Society hopes to host 1,200 children from throughout Southern California at Circle V Ranch, which is located near beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.
The radio spot should begin airing soon. If you can help sponsor a child to camp, please call the Council's Camp Department at 323-224-6213, or e-mail email@example.com.
Photos (l-r): Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez with Angelica Torres, Casandra Morga and Liliana Torres; 710AM ESPN Program Director Larry Gifford records an interview with the three girls about camp.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The calendar may read Spring now, but Summer is right around the corner. And you know what that means....Summer Camp!
Due to the economic downturn, sponsors that used to help offset the costs of underserved children attending Circle V Ranch Camp won't be able to help the Council this year. This is a major blow to the camp program. However, members of the Society have faith that God will help in their efforts to find new funding sources.
At this time, the Council is seeking sponsors to help create a partnership between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and local businesses, organizations, etc.
For many boys and girls, ages 7-13, attending Circle V Ranch will be THE ONLY vacation they'll experience in 2009! A typical week at camp includes lodging, three meals a day, swimming, arts & crafts, hiking, games, a field trip and more.
The cost to send one child to camp per week is $300, about half the cost of many other local camps, according to Council Camp Director Ray Lopez. Assistance with full or partial sponsorships are tax-deductible and will make a BIG difference in a young person's life.
For more information or questions, please contact the Council's camp office at 323-224-6213.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC sports, was the main speaker of 710 ESPN's 'Lunch with a Legend' series yesterday at Morton's the Steakhouse in downtown Los Angeles, a monthly event (through Fall) in which the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of L.A. is the title sponsor.
The event included a steak lunch, as 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland hosted their radio show on-site with national ESPN host Colin Cowherd.
Many local business people and celebrities were in attendance, including Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice-President of Business Operations for the L.A. Lakers; Timothy Leiweke, President & CEO of AEG; Elgin Baylor, Hall of Fame Laker player; Mychal Thompson, former Laker and current team radio anaylist; Spero Dedes, Laker play-by-play announcer; and Fred Roggin, KNBC-TV 4 Sports Anchor.
Also in attendance were Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, the Los Angeles-based 'SportsCenter' anchors, who made their West Coast broadcast debut from LA Live last night.
Between a raffle, a camp appeal and donations, more than $2,000 was raised to help send local disadvantaged boys and girls to camp this summer (not to mention valuable networking). The Council and 710 ESPN Radio will partner for six more 'Lunch with a Legend' events. The next lunch will be held on May 15 at Morton's the Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. The legend? Elgin Baylor! More information to follow.
Photos (l-r): Council President Jim Weiss selects the winning tickets for the raffle items; Council Executive Director and Jim Weiss are joined by Fred Roggin, sports anchor of KNBC-TV 4; Council signage at the 'Lunch with a Legend' event; and Steve Mason (l) George Bodenheimer and John Ireland speak during the Mason and Ireland radio show.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The Council is embarking on a new campaign with 710 AM ESPN Radio, as it will sponsor ESPN's monthly 'Lunch with a Legend' at Morton's Steakhouse. The first of seven such events, which will continue through Fall, will be held TODAY, April 6, at 11 a.m. at Morton's the Steakhouse at 735 S. Figueroa St., #207, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Besides the many ads on the radio - plus an additional 350 free spots that were also thrown in at the end - we will have signage at each event, plus a table to distribute information about camp, the shelter, our general outreach, etc.
The special legend that will be at TODAY's event will be George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN and ABC Sports, as ESPN will open the new west coast Sports Center TV studio that day.
Special guests will include Neil Everett and Stan Verrett - the Los Angeles based SportsCenter anchors who will make their debut broadcast from LA LIVE tonight. In addition, 710 ESPN's Colin Cowherd, Steve Mason and John Ireland will be hosting the event.
In addition, there will be a raffle for valuable sports memorabilia, including framed autograph photos of future Hall of Fame Dodger Manny Ramirez and Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. All proceeds will help send disadvantaged and at-risk boys and girls to the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp this summer!!!
For more information, click on the 'Lunch with a Legend' box on the right side of this blog.
Reservations: Charisse at 213-553-4586.
Friday, April 3, 2009
In this difficult economy everyone is trying to find a bargain on everyday items. And the Society feels your pain. That's why the Society's thrift store at 1258 Saviers Road in Oxnard has a week-long schedule of savings on items you need most.
Here is a list of savings that will bring a smile to your face...
* 50% off clothes (except purple tag items), shoes, and house ware & linen;
* 25% off televisions.
* All clothing just .99 cents each (except purple tag items);
* All stuffed toys only .99 cents each;
* 50% off on shoes, sunglasses, house ware & linen and electronics (computers, monitors, printers, radios, clocks, office equipment, speakers and telephones);
* 25% off televisions and VCRs.
* 50% off houseware
* 25% off all items for Senior Citizens, 55 and over
* 25% off all items for Military families and individuals
* 25% off all items for Senior Citizens, 55 and over
* 50% off bedding and linen
Directions to the Oxnard store can be found in the right column of this blog.
For more information or donations, please call 805-487-1500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Pick at 1:39 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The Council is embarking on a new campaign with 710 AM ESPN Radio, as it will sponsor ESPN's monthly 'Lunch with a Legend' at Morton's Steakhouse. The first of seven such events, which will continue through Fall, will be held Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Morton's in downtown L.A.
Besides the many ads on the radio - plus an additional 350 free spots that were also thrown in at the end - we will have signage at each event, plus a table to distribute information about camp, the shelter, our general outreach, etc. There also will be a raffle at each lunch, with the Society receiving all the proceeds.
The special legend that will be at Monday's event will be George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN and ABC Sports, as ESPN will open the new west coast Sports Center TV studio that day.
Special guests will include Neil Everett and Stan Verrett - the Los Angeles based SportsCenter anchors who will make their debut broadcast from LA LIVE that night. In addition, 710 ESPN's Colin Cowherd, Steve Mason and John Ireland will be hosting the event.
For more information, click on the 'Lunch with a Legend' box on the right side of this blog.
Reservations: Charisse at 213-553-4586.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Council Board member Ron Mulvihill recently developed a Society of St. Vincent de Paul 'Ozanam Orientation' video, with includes a special section about the Los Angeles Council's outreach. This DVD is available to all Vincentians for just $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the Council’s Conference Department and the outreach YOU provide for children, women and men in need.
Information: 323-224-6298 or Catalina Miller at email@example.com.