Friday, January 22, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul seeks financial help for Haiti Earthquake recovery efforts













The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Council of Los Angeles is seeking the public’s help with financial donations to assist the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.

“Our Vincentian volunteers in Haiti need our help and support as soon as possible. As you can imagine, they are overwhelmed with requests and are doing all they can with limited resources. The suffering and devastation is enormous and recovery will take a long time,” said the Society's L.A. Council President Jim Weiss, who announced that his Council of more than 2,000 ‘Vincentian’ volunteers had already committed $10,000 to the Society’s recovery efforts.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a permanent presence in Haiti, and will still be on the scene “long after many other service organizations have left,” added the Society’s National President Joe Flannigan. “Our Society volunteers live and work in, and are primarily native to, the communities in which they serve. In the aftermath of natural disaster like this, our permanent presence is particularly important. Our volunteers already know and understand the people who are suffering.”

Tax-deductible contributions for the Haiti Disaster Relief and Recovery efforts can be made by visiting the Society’s donation site at www.svdpla.org, or by earmarking your check ‘Haiti Earthquake Help’ and sending it to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031. For more information, please call 323-224-6273.

Photos:United Nations Development Programme

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