Annual Report

St. Vincent de Paul Society – Annual Report for 2013-14

(Fiscal year October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland, is a local human service and welfare organization of neighborhood volunteer groups residing in participating parishes (Conferences) throughout the Diocese’s eight-county service area. Volunteers (Vincentians) provide immediate, temporary emergency direct assistance to those in need, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious affiliation.   Last year alone, SVDP served more than 260,000 low-income individuals who received nearly $5 million in aid.

This assistance included food, clothing, furniture, and help with utility and rent payments.  Visits to the sick and elderly are also done on a regular basis.  Located at 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, SVDP’s Central Office coordinates the local parish groups and the five food pantries within the Diocese.  In many cases, these groups make visits to homes before providing assistance.

In 2013-14, it is estimated that the 63 (Greater Cleveland- 45; Akron -18) St. Vincent de Paul Society groups in Northeast Ohio helped in the following ways:

Parish Units (Conferences)

People assisted                                                                 130,584 (up from 123,182 prior year)

Home Visits                                                                        5,744 (up from 5,394 prior year)

Spent for food and emergency help                              $1,420,047 (up from $1,301,646 prior year)

Value of donated food, clothing, furniture, etc.           $1,767,937

Value of Blanket Sunday Collection                                $72,765 (up from $65,019 prior year)

Food Pantries (4 in Cleveland and 1 in Akron)

People assisted                                                                  133,996

Value of donated food, clothing, furniture, etc.           $833488

There were approximately 63 local neighborhood SVDP groups and 1,092 volunteers (Vincentians) within eight counties of Northeast Ohio: Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Lorain, Medina, Ashland and Wayne. SVDP members spent an estimated 73,847 hours in this ministry and provided service worth more than a approximately $516,929 ($7.00 per hour). The five food pantries had about 4,000 volunteers who spent 46,809 hours helping people worth an estimated $327,663 ($7.00 per hour) for a grand total of $844,592 worth of volunteer help.

The total value of SVDP emergency assistance to 264,580 individuals is approximately $4,094,237 plus the $844,592 in volunteer service for a grand total of $4,938,829.

Management expenses are very low because our programs are run primarily by volunteers. The expenses of the Diocesan Council are less than 5 percent of the total financial figures of the SVDP Volunteer Network and the work of the 63 neighborhood volunteer groups and five food pantries listed above. The purpose of the Diocesan Council is to support and supplement the work of the SVDP volunteer network and four District Councils.