Third/Fourth Quarter 2020
Volunteer Newsletter
To see in those in need the face of Christ
Continue to stay safe and healthy, everyone.
  • Note: Some items on this calendar will only be in effect again once all normal activities are allowed to resume.
  • Sunday, December 6th, 2020 at SSPP Church, 10:30 AM Mass in honor of Patroness of SVdP, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Her Immaculate Conception.
Anne Clukas & Debbie Molchan Receive Awards
During the pandemic, our food pantry has been forced to operate outside in our parking lot. Our volunteers load food into back seats, trunks and way backs of the cars needing food. We are so grateful for our wonderful and devoted volunteers who do this work every Saturday and Tuesday.

For their leadership of this effort, Debbie Molchan and Anne Clucas have been recognized by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Each of them will receive the Town Watch Award, in a virtual ceremony on November 20, 2020. Both Debbie and Anne’s reactions were the same. “Why weren’t all our other (food pantry) volunteers given recognition for their work?”
Anne Clucas has also been presented with the Frederick Ozanam Award from the Wilmington Council of St. Vincent de Paul for her leadership.

When Kathy Weaver asked these two women to take on leadership roles, no one knew we would be faced with the Covid-19 pandemic. How blessed we are that they have addressed the situation so well.

Please congratulate Anne and Debbie on their awards! 
Check out our new SVdP Website!
Members of the SVdP Marketing Committee have been hard at work updating our website to keep up with current trends, because technology changes almost overnight. This new website is viewable in a scrolling fashion with desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Photos and text are adjusted accordingly to suit the user, and it’s much cleaner and simpler to read on smaller screens. We’ve also improved the structure of the content, so the public, clients and volunteers will get more vital information, quicker and easier.

No more page turning back and forth and losing control of your search. Now, every major subject is on a continuous feed, based on simple scrolling and helping users get from one place to the next. Brought to you by Lisa Gritti, Bob Hall Sr. and Barbara Harries, with our thanks to those who posed for photos, took photos, proofread copy or just generally had good ideas to share with us.

Articles, news and photos change periodically, so be sure to visit our website often. We hope you like the changes and enjoy browsing our new site: https://svdpeastonmd.org/
Thrift Store Changes at SVdP

St. Vincent de Paul is so very grateful to Eleanor Morrell, Marge Boyer and Ann Seeley for their wonderful leadership of the Thrift Store clothing and housewares. Eleanor and Marge have been in charge since the early days in 2008 on Commerce Drive and through the move to Canvasback Drive in 2012. While they are both stepping down from their leadership positions, they will continue to volunteer in the department. We expect Ann Seeley to be back volunteering again in 2021.

While it won’t seem the same without them running the show, the Thrift Store clothing and housewares departments will be in good hands, overseen by veteran Vincentian Kate Levey. Kate will also coordinate communications and provide liaison among furniture, the boutique, clothing and housewares. Linda Featherman will manage the on-line scheduling for clothing and housewares.
We so appreciate Kate Levey and Linda Featherman for taking on these roles as we go forward. Thank you so much to Eleanor, Marge and Anne for all their efforts over the years. We are ever grateful for all they have accomplished in this indispensable fundraising arm of SVdP. God continue to bless all of these terrific women for their leadership roles within SVdP. ~ Alex
Dining Out Card Sales Suspended for Next Year

Because of the pandemic, Dining Out Card Sales have been suspended for 2021. We hope you will continue to support the restaurants listed below, in whatever way you are comfortable doing. Enjoy outdoor dining or pick up carry out items from their menu. Who wants to cook ALL of the time?? It's a difficult time for restaurants, and we would like to support them in their time of need as much as they have supported us over the years.
Thrift Store Reopens!
After many changes in the store layout and with new regulations in place for the safety of our volunteers and customers, the SVdP Thrift Store reopened on July 2nd. Father Nash blessed the volunteers and store before its official reopening. Because of parking conflict issues with the Food Pantry drive-through remaining in place, the new days and hours for the Thrift Store are Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 pm. Donations will be accepted on Saturdays from 1-4 pm. Please stop by and see what great new items we have!!
Due to Covid-19, there will be no actual Angel Tree, which means no tags and no tree this year.

HOWEVER, you can still help make someone's Christmas more joyful and blessed. Monetary donations (only) would be greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase gift cards requested by participating Talbot County agencies. Checks should be made out to: St. Vincent de Paul or SVDP; please write: “Angel Tree” on the memo line of the check.

Mail checks to:
St. Vincent de Paul (Angel Tree)           
P.O. Box 783, Easton, MD 21601
Drop Checks in the collection baskets at Church
Pre-addressed envelopes are in the Narthex at all churches. Place your check in an envelope, write “Angel Tree” on outside of envelope.

DONATIONS DUE BY: DECEMBER 11, 2020. THANK YOU!!!
 Questions: call Debbie Molchan: 410-443-3838
A big THANK YOU goes out to the Chesapeake Car Club, which held a food/fundraiser for SVdP on Saturday, September 5th from 5-8 PM. The “Cruise/Car Show” event took place next to Chick-fil-A in Easton. John Syarto brought the SVdP van, which was used as a billboard and to collect the donated food. 60 muscle and antique cars showed up, as well as an enthusiastic crowd. One of our volunteers from the food pantry, Norval Toms, arranged the event, so please thank him if you see him. They raised $255 as well as a large quantity of food for us. The cars that showed up were impressive!
Items Needed!
The Boutique is in need of gift bags and shopping bags.

The Food Pantry also collects (unused only, please) hotel sized toiletries for the homeless.

Please mention this to your friends and neighbors. If you have some to spare, please bring them to the SVdP Center during its open hours: Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 pm. Thank you!
Holiday Hut Merchandise is Relocated to the Thrift Store. Come in and Shop!

The much sought after Thanksgiving, Christmas holiday decorations and gifts are now available inside the Thrift Store. This year especially, we want to make our homes as lovely and festive as possible. We have many great items which change weekly, so stop by often and tell your friends!!
Volunteer Positions Available
  • Truck Drivers/Helpers
  • Sales help in the Thrift Store

Ask your friends to join you in volunteering!
!!! Accepting Donations !!!

Once again, we are able to resume accepting donations for the Thrift Store. We appreciate clean, salable high quality furniture, men's, women's and children's clothing (please no stains or tears) and housewares. Please bring them to us on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds from the Thrift Store help fund the Food Pantry. Thank you for helping us help those in need.
SVdP will be participating in GivingTuesday this year, on December 1. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 8 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Watch your email for more info after Thanksgiving, and please spread the word to your neighbors and friends.
Amazon Smile Account

In these unusual times, more of us are ordering household goods and necessities online. With the holidays upon us soon, please remember to shop via Amazon Smile, and SVdP will receive a small portion of your order. You merely have to choose the charity one time, and then shop through their link...Amazon will automatically give us 0.5% of your eligible purchases. It may not seem like a lot, but it definitely adds up. We ARE receiving money from this, but not many are participating...it's a good way to make a difference at no cost to you.

If you'd like to help, please click on this special link (or copy and paste into your browser): https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-5261263 or specify "St. Vincent de Paul Saints Peter and Paul Conference I" from the Amazon Smile website. THANK YOU.
Please Welcome Our New Volunteers:

John Schreiner - Thrift Store
Jennifer Pantusa - Boutique
Norma Lynch - Boutique
Brooke Lynch - Thrift Store
Heidi Temple - Thrift Store
James Scott - Thrift Store
Sheila Scott - Thrift Store
Helen Hoffman - Thrift Store & Home Visitation
Donna Whalen - Treasurer
Pauline Figliozzi - Thrift Store
Cathy Klein - Boutique
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This will be the last newsletter of 2020, so we are sending holiday wishes now. We are thankful to all of you who serve the poor in Talbot County, especially during these difficult times. We hope you and your families have safe and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and we look forward to the beginning of a new and better year.
Contact Us:
Society of St. Vincent de Paul SSPP Conference, Inc.
29533 Canvasback Drive
P.O. Box 783
Easton, MD 21601
410.770.4505
email: svdpeastonmd@gmail.com

(Articles/information for future issues may be submitted via email to barbaraharries@gmail.com)