Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Society & Encino Chamber join forces

David Fields, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles, spoke to members of the Encino Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, highlighting the Society's local charitable programs.

David proudly spoke - through a PowerPoint presentation - how the Society's programs are helping to change lives in a tough economy, and how members of the chamber can help by simply donating their tax-deductible usable household goods, vehicles and/or financial gifts.

David was presented a new member's plaque, as it was the Society's first meeting as a member of the Encino Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you Encino Chamber for making St. Vincent de Paul feel so welcomed.

Photos (top): David Fields gives a PowerPoint presentation about the work of the Society's Council of Los Angeles; (bottom): David Fields receives a new member's plaque from Encino Chamber CEO Diana Donovan (left) and Encino Chamber Membership Director Wendy Gerber.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A message to the Society's 'Vincentian' volunteers

“Effective Conferences are committed to grow in spirituality. Members become friends, care for one another and earnestly follow the Society’s religious practices. Like Christ, they identify with the poor, whom they visit promptly, regularly, and attentively.”
~ Manual of the Society, Pg. 29

A note from the Vincentian Services Department, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It’s Time to Register for Hike for the Homeless 2012!

A FUN hike for adults, children and pets on leashes at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 28 at beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Sign up NOW or be a SPONSOR to help the local homeless at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's CARDINAL MANNING CENTER (shelter) in Skid Row. YOUR Hike can change a life! For more information or reservations, visit

Feel free to view a short video from last year's hike that aired on KCAL 9 News.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

It's the weekend! Help the Society by donating your discards

Hooray! It's the weekend. Does your schedule include cleaning out the closets and garage? Don't throw your usable household goods away! Donate them to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where your tax-deductible items will benefit countless local lives through the Society's charitable programs. Donating to St. Vincent de Paul helps the local economy! For a FREE truck pickup, please call 323-224-6280 or 800- 97-HELP-1 today! Thank you in advance for your generous donation.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Where will your child be this summer?

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It's February. Do you know where your child will be this summer? How about beautiful CIRCLE V RANCH in the Los Padres National Forest above Santa Barbara? If your child is between the ages of 7-13, call for information and reservations. Camperships available for children who qualify. 323-224-6213 or 805-688-5252.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Reservations going fast for THE Mardi Gras event in Los Angeles

This is THE MARDI GRAS event to be seen at in Los Angeles on February 21. For reservations and more information, please contact Grace Casian at 323-276-6084.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Society's Skid Row Shelter is a Safe Haven for Many

* Check out this KTLA 5 news story about Joan Sotiros and the top-notch 'Cardinal Manning Center' shelter she operates for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles' Skid Row. Info: 213-229-9963.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Circle V Ranch 'Theme Weeks' Announced for 2012 Summer Camp

Do you want your child (age 7-13) to attend summer camp at St. Vincent de Paul's beautiful CIRCLE V RANCH in Santa Barbara this year? Not sure which week to choose? Maybe knowing the themes for all eight sessions will help make your decision easier. Please see below...

* Session 1: June 27-July 2 = PIRATES ADVENTURE WEEK: The Pirates of Circle V need you, as you and your group build a real life ship to sail on the Circle V seas!

* Session 2: July 6-11 = MVP WEEK “SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA”: Includes all your favorite sports activities. Everyone is a winner at Circle V!

* Session 3: July 11-16 = LOST IN SPACE WEEK: Travel to Planet Circle V as we discover other planets and faraway lands. It will be a “Star Wars Adventure”.

* Session 4: July 18-23 = INTERNATIONAL WEEK: With Flutes Across the World, it's a celebration of nations with all your favorite camp activities and good old- fashioned fun!

* Session 5: July 23-28 = KNIGHTS and PRINCESSES of the ROUNDTABLE: Are you ready to be a Knight or Princess at King Arthur’s annual feast and Renaissance Faire?

* Session 6: July 31-August 5 = CARNIVAL WEEK: Old-fashioned fun with all your favorite carnival games!

* Session 7: August 5-10 = CIRCLE V IDOL “TALENT SHOW": Lights, camera, action! Who will be crowned the Circle V Idol of 2012?

* Session 8: August 11-16 = SUPER HERO WEEK: Bring your cape and superpowers as we protect the magical Kingdom of Circle V!

INFORMATION: 805-688-5252 or 323-224-6213.

Photo: " ready for summer camp?"
by Jasmine Simental

Friday, February 3, 2012

SAVE THE DATE - 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless in Griffith Park

The 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless will take place on April 28th at beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Adults, students and pets on leashes can hike the 2.64-mile Fern Canyon Trail or 2-mile Old Zoo trail at their own pace, beginning at 8:15 a.m. near the Merry-Go-Round lot. Griffith Park includes many attractions and is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness in the USA.

Registration is just $30 for adults, $20 for students and youth (ages 6-18) and $5 for pets, with proceeds benefitting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center and its work with homeless individuals. Registration includes a t-shirt, refreshments and a light breakfast. Various sponsorship packages are also available.

Information, registration and sponsorships: 213-229-9972.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

12th Annual Paint Project at Los Angeles Shelter

ATTN: All Youth and Young Adult Vincentian volunteers:

Come & join young Vincentians from across the archdiocese this Saturday, February 4 at 8 am to give St. Vincent de Paul's CARDINAL MANNING CENTER (shelter) in downtown Los Angeles a winter redo cleaning, painting and more (in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring National Volunteer Blitz and Catholic Schools Week). Please wear “grungy” clothes.

For more information, directions or to RSVP, call 323-226-1757 (Wed & Fri), 562-494-1055 (Thur) or 323-604-9699.

Manuel Sanchez
Coordinator, St. Vincent de Paul's Youth & Young Adult Conferences, Council of LA