Winter 2022
Volunteer Newsletter
To see in those in need the face of Christ
2022 Calendar
  • January 20th (and the third Thursday of every month), 9:30 a.m., Family Life Center, Saints Peter and Paul Parish; Society of St. Vincent de Paul monthly meeting.
  • March 17th, Annual Vinnie and Pat's Party (see article below)
Happy New Year!

2022 marks my twentieth year as a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul. It has been a transformative experience, particularly because of the people I have met. I have been so blessed to work with such a giving team of men and women. God bless and keep you all and your families in the coming year. ~ Alex
Choptank
Roasting Chickens Donated by Choptank Transport
Choptank Transport donated 125 roasting chickens to the Food Pantry for Thanksgiving.  Geoff Turner (left), Choptank Transport CEO and president and co-worker Sonny Hopkins were on hand to give them out with Kate Mansfield, SVdP food pantry manager.
Thank you, SSPP Elementary School!
Saints Peter and Paul's kindergarten classes presented a lovely prayer service on Wednesday, November 17th to bless food and almost $800 in cash donated for the Food Pantry's use during the holiday season. The ES Student Council members helped load the SVdP truck. A special thank you to all of the families who teach their children by example to generously share what they have with others who are in need; right here in Talbot County.
Holiday Food Pantry Pics
Hardworking food pantry volunteers helped over 250 individuals and families who came to SVdP for turkeys, chickens, stuffing, vegetables & pies for their Thanksgiving dinner.
Volunteers shared their Christmas spirit with hundreds of people who came to the pantry for food and holiday cheer.
The Chesapeake Cycling Club held a "Cranksgiving" food drive to benefit SVdP Food Pantry. Eric Griffioen (gray shirt, center) orchestrated the event with his fellow cyclists who donated some much-appreciated groceries to the pantry. Special thanks to food pantry volunteers, Joanie and Tom Klein, (not pictured) for picking up the donated food.
Giant Food and their customers generously donated over 700 pies to help make Thanksgiving dinner a little more special for the people who come to the Food Pantry. The extraordinary bounty of pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pies was shared with neighboring food pantries in St. Michaels and Ridgely. SVdP is grateful to the front desk manager, Lynn Melton, for her efforts.
Read All About It!!!
You might want to check out the weekly Saints Peter and Paul Parish Sunday bulletin. We are featuring volunteers from all areas of St. Vincent de Paul on a monthly basis, and you might find yourself asked to be in one of the next ones!
Help Spread the Word About SVdP
Volunteers (L to R) Jean Startt, Sheila Dyer, John Syarto, Nina Callahan, Kate Levey look sharp in their new aprons (in-store personnel), T-shirts and hats!!

A big thanks goes to Kate Levey for researching and ordering these for our stellar volunteers who requested one. For more information on how to obtain a hat or T-shirt when another order is placed, please contact katelevey222@gmail.com.
Angel Tree 2021
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the excellent coordination among local agencies, SVdP has been able to make Christmas a little more joyous for about 650 children, disabled adults and seniors in Talbot County this year.
 
We especially want to thank Shore United Bank for providing the gift cards at face value, as well as Father Nash, Father Angeloni and Father Oscar for their support and publicizing The Angel Tree. Debbie Molchan again generously spent many hours in organizing and implementing this event. A huge thank you to Debbie as well.
 
We realize that everyone enjoys purchasing and wrapping special gifts for this effort, and we hope that next year things will improve enough with the pandemic to enable us to handle it that way again.
Giving Tuesday 2021 Results
GivingTuesday reports that people contributed $2.7 billion to U.S. nonprofits and community organizations in 24 hours on #GivingTuesday 2021- a 9% increase from 2020.  35 million adults in the U.S. participated in many ways on GivingTuesday 2021. Volunteering on the day increased by 11% and gifts of goods (clothes, food, supplies, etc.) saw an 8% increase compared to 2020.

SVdP received $2,155.00 in donations through Facebook, from our website or by mailed checks. Thank you to those of you who generously supported us on Giving Tuesday!

Save the Date! SVdP is planning to hold its long awaited annual Vinnie and Pat's Party on March 17th, 2022. Thank you to those who have offered to chair or co-chair this event. More assistance will be needed before and during the event. Please watch your email for further information and an opportunity to help.
Easton Holiday Parade 2021
John Syarto drove our beautifully decorated and illuminated SVdP van in the 2021 Easton Holiday Parade held on Saturday evening, December 4th. A big thank you to all volunteers who helped decorate the van and pass out candy to children along the route.
Volunteer Spotlight - Tom Sanders
Tom and his wife Patty moved to Easton from Falls Church, Virginia in August 2016. He spent over 30 years in Washington, DC; first serving in the Navy and later providing information technology services to the Federal Government

Tom began volunteering with SVdP in February 2017 in Home Visitation, working with Steve & Nancy Cossu. He enjoys assisting clients who need help with rent, electric bills, transportation needs, temporary housing, etc. Working with Dick Bemis, he learned how to issue checks for client assistance. He also sets up new volunteers in Volgistics, our scheduling system and adds new volunteers as users of our Client Management System (CMS). Tom & Patty have two grown children who live in Washington, DC and New York.
Amazon Smile Account


When you shop on Amazon, 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 (smile.amazon.com) website. You only need to sign up once, and then log in to https://smile.amazon.com each time you shop. We receive 0.5% of purchases and it all makes a difference.
THANK YOU!
Find Us on Facebook & Instagram!
In addition to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/svdpeastonmd) and our Thrift Store Facebook page (St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - Easton, MD - Home | Facebook), we have an Instagram presence. Please look for us at https://instagram.com/svdpeastonmd. Please share this info with friends.
Volunteers who also speak Spanish are needed in the furniture department/store to assist clients.
Please mention SVdP to your friends and neighbors and perhaps they will join us in volunteering. As we all know, it's a rewarding experience...helping others in lots of different ways with our diversified talents, making new friends at the same time!
Welcome New Volunteers!
Donald Cook - St. Vincent Advisors
Christian Christoffers - St. Vincent Advisors
Christopher Dooley - Furniture
Leanne Meisinger - Thrift Store
Karen Vinski - Furniture
Stephanie Marshall - Thrift Store
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
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