SVDP Woodland Food Pantry and Fortney & Weygandt to Distribute One-Thousand Christmas Turkeys to the Poor

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December 8, 2014

Media Contact:  Natalie Schrimpf  216.269.6525, x. 2520 or

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(Cleveland, OH) —  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland will distribute 1,000 frozen turkeys and five-pound bags of potatoes on Thursday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to needy residents in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, thanks to the generosity of Fortney & Weygandt, Inc.  This is the eighth year that the local commercial construction firm has donated turkeys and potatoes to the SVDP Woodland Food Pantry, which is one of the largest food pantries in Northeast Ohio and serves some 1,700 impoverished individuals monthly and more than 20,000 annually.  The turkeys and potatoes will be distributed at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland parking lot located at 2561 East 59 Street, adjacent to the Carl B. Stokes Building (6001 Woodland Avenue), which houses the SVDP Woodland Food Pantry.  Although there is no advance registration, recipients will be required to show proper identification.

The Central neighborhood is home to some 10,717 residents living in poverty, according to Greater Cleveland Food Bank statistics. The Woodland Food Pantry — formerly Brother Hubbard’s Cupboard — was previously managed by the Capuchin Franciscan Brothers from 2004-13, and provides approximately 543,000 pounds of food annually to residents.  Fortney & Weygandt has been donating holiday turkeys and sacks of potatoes to the pantry since 2006.

In addition to the Woodland Avenue location, SVDP Cleveland operates five other food pantries in Northeast Ohio: John Paul Pantry, 8328 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland; Southwest Pantry, 2145 Broadview Avenue in Cleveland; Father Mike Wittman Pantry, 13824 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland; St. Agnes Pantry, 611 Lake Avenue, Elyria; and Fr. Hilkert Pantry, 93 Kent Street in Akron.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society Partners with GolfTEC Northeast Ohio to Collect Coats for the Poor this Holiday Season

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November 26, 2014

Media Contact:  Natalie Schrimpf  216.269.6525, x. 2520

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(Cleveland, OH) — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland is partnering with GolfTEC Northeast Ohio to collect winter coats for needy individuals and families in Northeast Ohio. From now until December 19, GolfTEC is accepting new and clean, gently-used coats at its six Northeast Ohio locations in an effort to fill a GolfTEC Hummer with the gift of warmth.  Anyone donating a coat at GolfTEC will be entered in its drawing to win $1,000 worth of prizes, which include golf lessons, equipment and apparel.  All coats will be distributed to needy residents in Northeast Ohio.

“We are grateful that GolfTEC is reaching out to help those less fortunate in the community, especially now during the cold, winter weather,” said John Litten, SVDP Cleveland executive director. “The need is great, and this effort will help us keep additional folks warm this year.”

GolfTEC’s Northeast Ohio stores are located in North Olmsted at 26669 Brookpark Road Extension, Beachwood at 24195 Chagrin Boulevard, Middleburg Heights at 7599 Pearl Road, Brecksville at 8803 Brecksville Road, in Fairlawn at 3737 West Market Street, and in Canton at 4930 Everhard Road NW.

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How the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Helping Employers Find New Talent

Crain’s Cleveland Business Nov. 9, 2014

By Timothy Magaw

Flying Fig restaurant owner and chef Karen Small knows all too well the perils of posting job openings on Craigslist or other websites.

In many cases, those postings lead to a lot of interviewing and not much hiring.

“It’s kind of a nightmare to absorb that kind of time and not get anything out of it,” said Small, whose modest eatery is nestled on Market Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

However, about a year ago, she got a call from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland offering up a pre-screened worker and a promise to cover 50% of that person’s hourly wages during the training period.

The offer was part of a pilot program the nonprofit launched to provide more opportunities in the culinary industry for Northeast Ohio’s unemployed poor who want to work but lack experience or job-training accessibility …

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Friends of the Poor Walk to Benefit Less Fortunate

Fox8 Cleveland Morning Show

CLEVELAND – A walk dedicated to helping people living in poverty in our area is just a few short weeks away.

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NewsChannel 5 “Kaleidoscope” with Leon Bibb

WEWS NewsChannel 5 Cleveland – “Kaleidoscope” with Leon Bibb Executive Director of Society of St. Vincent de Paul John Litten  talks about the organization’s annual Walk for the Poor and about the services provided.  click here to view (SVDP segment starts at 7:28)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul to Host Third Annual Friends of the Poor Walk

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August 9, 2014

Media Contact:  Natalie Schrimpf  216.269.6525, x. 2520

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(Cleveland, OH) — Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocese of Cleveland (SVDP) and other caring members of Northeast Ohio as they convene to raise money and help our region’s poor one step at a time at the Third Annual SVDP Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m to noon.   In an effort to encourage participants in and around Cuyahoga and Summit counties, the family-friendly event will be held simultaneously at both St. Edward High School in Lakewood, and at Richfield Woods Park in Richfield.  Both paved routes are less than one mile and are designed to accommodate strollers, wheelchairs and individuals of all ages.  All monies raised locally will be utilized to help economically-disadvantaged residents in Northeast Ohio.  To participate or donate, register online at:  fopwalk.org. For more information, contact SVDP Cleveland at 216.696.6525, ext. 3150.

Last year, the local walk raised approximately $10,000 that directly benefitted the needy in our region via the Society’s programs and services. The SVDP Cleveland walk is part of a national, simultaneous event, the SVDP USA Annual Friends of the Poor Walk.  In 2013, the national fundraiser encompassed 232 different walks across the country — attracting more than 22,000 walkers – and generating some $2.1 million for the poor.

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Fundraiser/Gala Celebrated Volunteers and Raised $10,000 for SVDP Cleveland Woodland Food Pantry

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March 31, 2014

Media Contact:  Natalie Schrimpf  216.269.6525, x. 2520

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(Cleveland, OH) — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland raised more than $10,000 for its Woodland food pantry at its recent “Gather, Give & Grow” benefit.  Held at St. Ignatius High School, some 225 Society members, friends of SVDP and dignitaries participated in the festivities to honor the organization’s dedicated volunteers and garner funds for its charitable programs and services.  This year’s gala highlighted the work of volunteers Bill Jackson (St. Philomena Church, East Cleveland) and Tom Rebescher (St. Francis Xavier, Medina), as well as recognized St. Gabriel Parish (Concord Township).  The Society also paid special tribute to Larry Lauter, who has worked at the organization since1972 in various capacities, including executive director and board secretary.

“The gala enables us to formally thank our incredible volunteers who anonymously serve our needy brothers and sisters in Christ each day,” said John Litten, executive director.  “It has also become a key opportunity to raise additional money for the poor here in Northeast Ohio.  Funds from this year’s benefit will help us provide some 1,000 meals each month to the needy at our Woodland food pantry.”

The event was sponsored by the following organizations and individuals:  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland; St. Ignatius High School; PNC Bank; BakerHostetler; Mazella Companies; St. Edward High School; Community West Foundation; First Federal Lakewood; Noel and Mary Becker; Cohen & Company; Ennis Court; Greater Cleveland Foodbank; Henry and Judy Hilow; Italian Creations; Josephine Litten; Malley’s Chocolates; Sunny Nixon; Mark and Karen McCarthy; MCPc; Merrill Lynch; Orlando Baking Company; and Tucker Ellis.

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