Third Quarter 2019
Volunteer Newsletter
To see in those in need the face of Christ
Welcome to Summer!!!
  • Attend a Society meeting at 10:00 AM at the SVdP Center on the third Thursday of each month. (Note: there will be no morning monthly meeting at the Center in September-see replacement event listed below.)
  • SVdP In-Service is scheduled to be held on September 19, 2019 from 8:30 - 11:45 a.m. at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. We are pleased to welcome back Speaker/facilitator Anne Shannon, who spoke at our first In-Service in 2017. Watch your email in August for the invitation!
  • Sunday, September 29th, 10:30 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church. This is our Conference's annual Mass and commitment in honor of our Patron Saint, St. Vincent de Paul. The feast day for St. Vincent de Paul is September 27th.   
  • Sunday, November 10th, 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michaels Chapel. This Mass will be offered for and in remembrance of our deceased Vincentians.
  •  Sunday, December 8th, 10:30 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church. This is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception of our patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  
John and Doralice Cassidy
Rest in Peace, John Cassidy
Wonderful Vincentians: Doralice and John Cassidy at our Vinnie and Pat’s party 2019. John Cassidy is a great loss to his family and to his Vincentian family. We remember them in our prayers.
(Photo by Rene Fuentes)

 THANK YOU!!! to Mid-Shore Community Foundation for their generous donation of $3,531.00 from their popular annual Empty Bowls event.
Multicultural Festival
St. Vincent de Paul again had a presence at the 20th Annual Multicultural Festival which took place May 4, at Idlewild Park in Easton. Wanda Diffley (pictured), Stephen Bender and Jane Phelan represented SVdP in this event to celebrate diversity. They raised awareness of what we do and what assistance we can offer to the disadvantaged in Talbot County. (photo by Barbara Harries)
Wanda Diffley
NEW Amazon Smile Account
Due to the new 501(c)3 number we recently obtained, we have a new link for shopping on Amazon Smile. Amazon will automatically give us 0.5% of your eligible purchases at no cost to you . If you'd like to help, please click on this special link (or copy and paste into your browser): or specify "St. Vincent de Paul Saints Peter and Paul Conference I" from the Amazon Smile website. Thank you for your support - it all adds up to help us help others!
SVdP Night at Hot Off The Coals Restaurant
Alex Handy & RIc Brice
SVdP President Alex Handy accepts a check from “Hot Off The Coals” Owner-Chef Ric Brice. The check was the result of a “St. Vincent de Paul Night” at Brice’s restaurant, when he donated a percentage of the restaurant’s evening proceeds. “Hot Off The Coals” is part of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVdP) 2019 Dining Out Discount Card. The card features 15 local restaurants that offer dining discounts to residents who purchase the card for $25 from SVdP. The card may be used multiple times at one or more of the participating restaurants from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Cards may be purchased by calling SVdP at 410-770-4505. Thank you for your donation! (photo by Rene Fuentes)
"Did You Know?" - A Recruiting Campaign

Did you know that SVdP ​has a traveling information table that is set up in various locations throughout the year? Did you know you could help at one of them if you have a few hours? Contact Wanda Diffley (, 574.315.1157) if you are interested.
  • Talbot County Community Resource Expo (April), held at Easton Elementary Building.  Purpose: approx. 60-70 service organizations in our community provide information about the services that are available in Talbot county.  A navigator takes people around to each resource table and guides them to the agencies that can meet their needs. 
  • Multicultural Fair (May), held in Idlewild Park. Purpose: to bring people of different cultures together to experience music, dance, food, crafts, etc. SVdP has a table here to inform the community of who we are and what services we offer. We also sell the Dining out card.
  • Easton Club East Information Day (May). We had an information table to provide information about SVdP and to encourage new volunteers from this housing development.
  • Brooklets Senior Center Celebration (July). We set up our information table to make seniors aware of our services.
  • Fredrick Douglas Day (Sept.), held in downtown Easton. Again, SVdP has a presence to inform the community of who we are and how we can help. 
Friendly Neighbor News
Mary Ann Ray will now be heading up the Friendly Neighbors Ministry. She is off to a good start and has contacted many agencies for new referrals. Mary Ann is taking over for JoAnn Martin, who has chaired the department for the last 3 years. JoAnn will continue to be a Friendly Neighbor and assist Mary Ann when needed. Thank you to JoAnn for all that she has done!
SVdP-SSPP Pinning Ceremony 2019
Award Ceremony        
On June 4, 2019, 32 student members of the Saints Peter and Paul—St. Vincent de Paul Club (SSPP-SVdP Club) received award certificates for being 2018-2019 members of the Youth Ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference in Easton, MD. Awards were presented by Lisa Morrell and Paula Broll, moderators of the SSPP- SVdP Club. Eight Vincentians of the Conference’s leadership team attended the award ceremony to thank and congratulate the students for their service to help those in need in Talbot County.  The SSPP-SVdP Club is comprised of Middle School students from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Easton, MD. The awards signify the achievement of the students toward the three essential elements of the SVdP Society: Spirituality, Friendliness and Service. Twice a month, the students support the Conference’s Food Pantry and Thrift Center on Canvasback Drive in Easton, MD. During monthly club meetings, the students offer prayers for the needy and prepare crafts and gifts for clients. (photo by Stephanie Handy)
Sales 2019-3 Q
Our SVdP treasurer, Dick Bemis, has provided the pie chart at left which shows income for the third quarter of 2019. As you can see, we are in good shape for meeting our 2019 budget! Thank you to all volunteers supporting or working in the Thrift Center who help make this happen!
Thank you, Knights of Columbus!!!

The weather was ideal for the Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. On Saturday, 68 adults and youth gathered at the Rails to Trails near Idlewild Avenue for the event to raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP). Regina Coeli Council is the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus, an International Charitable organization composed of Catholic men and their families. St. Vincent de Paul is one of the many organizations the Knights support. The local chapter of SVdP works with the needy in Talbot County. They feed 535 people each week, including 200 children and provide financial support for over 2,000 people in Talbot County annually. Each entrant received a tee shirt and the male and female winners in each age group were awarded medals.

Through entry fees, donations and corporate sponsors, the Knights were able to raise over $1,700 for SVdP. Helping the members and families of the Knights of Columbus with the event were volunteers from SVdP and Saints Peter and Paul High School cross country team. The Knights wish to thank all who participated and help make the event a success, especially the corporate sponsors – Preston Ford, Bell Creek Equipment, Patuxent Companies and Easton Cycle and Sport.
(Article by Rich Bulman, photos by David Montgomery)
Calling all Artists and Craftspersons
We are looking for people who enjoy making arts and crafts (knit, crochet, photography, ceramics, soap making, painting, woodworking and more!) as a hobby. If you would be interested in creating and/or donating items for a craft sale or helping to organize an event (TBD) to benefit SVdP, please contact Barbara Harries by phone: 703.425.1539 or email: Any craft supplies you may have hanging around the house are also welcome (beads, jewelry supplies, etc.) Please drop them off at the SVdP Center. Thank you for your consideration.
Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Freihage
Gloria has been active with SVdP in many capacities since joining us in November 2007. Including serving on the SVdP Board for 4 years, Gloria's worked in Home Visitation and as a Telephone Responder. She helped create the Ambassadors' Program and the Friendly Neighbor Ministry, coordinated marketing & sales for the Dining Out Card, initiated the SVdP In-Service and has been heavily involved with our favorite event, the Vinnie and Pat's Party! In short, Gloria is indispensable and it takes a village to replace her. She says "My first 12 years have flown by, not just because of the happiness and friends that have come into my own life as well as the lives of all our volunteers, but equally important, the happiness we see on the faces of those we serve as we try to help to make their minute, hour, day, and hopefully life, a little better."
Welcome New Volunteers (Third Quarter 2019):

Cam Zimmerman - Food Pantry
Rob Coughlin - Food Pantry Driver
Janice Cortis - Thrift Center
Julia Jerscheid - Friendly Neighbor
Mark Forkey - Furniture
Marianne McGarry - Food Pantry
Christy Toth - Food Pantry (with students Katherine & Stephanie)
Christine DuFour - Friendly Neighbor
Phyllis Webb - Food Pantry
Melinda Simpkins - The Boutique
Helen Meacher - Food Pantry
Joel Perry - Food Pantry
Tammy Brewer - Furniture
Suzanne Calka - Food Pantry
Jane McCauley - Food Pantry

Contact Us:
Society of St. Vincent de Paul SSPP Conference
29533 Canvasback Drive
P.O. Box 783
Easton, MD 21601

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