GWIL2015 Nonprofit Profile: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Reply

Week of Online Giving 2015 April 19-26

Week of Online Giving 2015
April 19-26

The 2015 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 19-26. Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org

NOW MEET THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:

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As Dripping Springs started to grow, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church began facing more challenges to provide for the needy in northern Hays County. In April 2011, a local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was formed. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was originally founded in 1833, by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a student at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Currently with more than 40 members, including officers, we began our spiritual journey to provide services for families within the boundaries set by the Austin Dioceses.

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 4.35.38 PMWhat is your mission?

Our mission is to grow spiritually by offering our times, talent and treasures to help others. We provide assistance on a person-to-person basis, including food, financial assistance, referral to community resources and special projects.  We strive to ensure confidentiality and dignity for the people we serve.

What happens in the community through these efforts?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a voice for the poor.  We make home visits to those in need providing them with spiritual counsel and  offering community resources, assisting and advocating as needed to promote self-sufficiency, financial assistance,  and prayer.

We operate our weekly food pantry in our parish hall on Monday mornings 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The parish hall is located behind our church on RR 12 and Post Oak Rd.  We also have a Capital Area Food Bank representative at the food pantry once a month.  She helps our families enroll in programs such as SNAP (food stamps), CHIP, Children’s Medicaid, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).  This process is convenient and private for our families.   Some of our special projects include the summer food program for families with school age children, back to school backpacks, we also participate in the community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Christmas project and special projects within the community.Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 4.35.56 PM

Our families are grateful for the help they receive and know they can come to us for questions and help with resources in the area. We sometimes just need to listen, our elderly and shut-ins are the most vulnerable and the food pantry is the only social time they may have for the week. Seeing the happiness in their faces during our weekly visits and hearing their stories always brings a smile and warm heart to all of our volunteers.

We thank our wonderful parishioners for their generous donations in order to make all this happen.

What are your goals in 2015?

The Society is working on ending poverty through systemic change.  Besides providing food and financial assistance we try to identify the root of the cause.  We then will work with families to define strategies to change those structures that keep them in poverty.
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GWIL2015 Nonprofit Profile: DS Kids Fun Foundation Reply

Week of Online Giving 2015 April 19-26

Week of Online Giving 2015
April 19-26

The 2015 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 19-26th.

Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org

NOW MEET DS KIDS FUN FOUNDATION WITH BOARD PRESIDENT, JENNIFER DODSON:

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DS Kids Fun Foundation – formerly DS Youth Activity Fund (DSYAF) – was founded in 2009. Our Board of Directors & Advisory Committee are comprised of community members with significant experience in the non-profit world , working with children, and management of extracurricular activities. We were formed out of an outreach committee within the Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church (DSPC) while brainstorming community needs we could help fill. As discussions formed around the expense of extracurricular activities, and how many of our neighbors struggle with things like critical illness and job loss – we wondered if there was a need to help families that didn’t qualify for financial aid, but were likely in need of assistance. We quickly determined that there was in fact a need – and research shows how greatly children benefit from participating in sports & the arts outside of school. We wanted to help families keep their children involved in these activities as they struggled through short-term or long-term financial struggles. We decided that this program should come from the community, not just within the walls of DSPC, so we created the Foundation – and invited others to join our newly formed Board.

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DS Kids Fun Foundation was formed to provide financial assistance to children that reside in the Dripping Springs Independent School District (DSISD) who would otherwise be unable to participate in extracurricular activities due to financial constraints. Our goal is More…