Monday, November 2, 2009

UCLA Conference Volunteers Assist at Council's L.A. Thrift Store

Twelve members of UCLA-Frassati Conference in Westwood recently spent an afternoon volunteering their services at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s flagship thrift store in Lincoln Heights; putting the clothing racks in order, tidying up the store’s large book section and dressing up mannequins and sprucing up store displays. The Bruin 'Vincentians' came to the thrift store after spending the morning serving upwards of 200 meals to homeless residents of downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row (which is one of this Conferences’ regular Saturday service ministries).

“It’s incredible how much they did in the few hours they were here,” Manuel A. Sánchez, youth/young adult Conference coordinator for the Society’s Council of LA, said.

UCLA recently changed its name, adding “Frassati” in honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a college student who belonged to the Society in Italy during the rise of fascism and was an opponent to this movement, as well as an avid advocate for people who were poor.

For information on how young people can become members of a St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference and have fun while helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged and homeless children and families, please contact Sánchez at 323-226-1757 or via e-mail at

P.S. Where are the USC students? The Society needs your help, too.

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