Vincentian Giving Tree

Our Vincentian Giving Tree has been nurturing and serving those in need since 1857

Vincentian Giving TreeIts roots are inspired by Gospel values, leading women and men to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those in need in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and Patron St. Vincent de Paul. Assistance is offered to all regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions.

It is through its branches that we are delivering food and clothing...connecting homeless people with housing help...offering disaster assistance...preventing utility turn-offs...and revealing Christ's love to those in most need of comfort and hope.

Our Society's founding mentor, Blessed Rosalie Rendu, once said, 'Love is your first gift to the poor. They will appreciate your kindness and your love more than all else you bring them.'

You have brought them much. Thank you for all you have shared of your material and spiritual blessings with neighbors served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago.

Because of your past giving, the Society's Chicago Council continues to support our more than 3,000 volunteers (1,900 of whom are members) as they serve the poor in communities across Cook and Lake counties.

We need your help again today.

We have been through some very trying times, but the needs of those we serve continue to lean on us. Our recent challenges have only strengthened our resolve to serve the poor. These challenges have also necessitated that we refocus on our core – the roots, trunk, branches of our Giving Tree – to ensure the continued service to the poor.

By going back to basics, we allow ourselves to focus on our person-to-person service to our friends living on the fringe of society.

Backpacks for the homelessOur Vincentian Giving Tree best explains how we are structured in Chicago. We have eight districts across Cook and Lake counties. Within these districts are 116 conferences, 44 food pantries, and one case management center. We have many special works that help solidify our presence in Chicago.

The needs of those we serve continue to increase and are as real as they have ever been at any time since the Society began its work over 100-years ago in the Chicago area. Our teams of volunteers are the frontline soldiers in our war to fight poverty and continue to need support to ensure we can help with providing shelter, food and a future to those living on the fringe of society.

Whether it's a one-time consideration or monthly commitment to assist in a program of your choice, we are praying that after some prayerful consideration you will walk this path with us and help nurture and grow our Giving Tree to help people transition to a new chapter in their lives. No gift is ever too small and can only make a difference to those we serve in communities across Cook and Lake counties.

When you donate to our Vincentian Giving Tree, you are helping those in need at the local level via our food pantries, home visits, conferences, emergency voucher program, Pope Francis Center social services, automobile donation program, backpacks for the homeless, utility shut-off prevention, and more.