“We should assist the poor in every way and do it by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others … To do this is to preach the Gospel by words and by work.” - St. Vincent de Paul
Rooted in St. Vincent de Paul’s mission and tradition, Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati is a faith-based, year-long, residential service program. The program provides young professionals in their 20s an opportunity to grow in faith, friendship and service by giving deeply of themselves to their neighbors in need.
Live in Faith – The Vincentian Volunteers live in intentional community with each other for 11 months in a home in the West End. The community has regular opportunities for shared reflection and prayer, in addition to attending three retreats. Each volunteer participates regularly in a parish-based St. Vincent de Paul Conference and has an opportunity for mentorship by a Vincentian who journeys with them throughout the year.
Grow in Friendship – St. Vincent de Paul's motto, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” comes alive as Vincentian Volunteers enter into relationship with each other, with retreatants through the Ozanam Center for Service Learning, with local Vincentians, and with neighbors who come to St. Vincent de Paul for support and assistance.
Serve in Solidarity – Vincentian Volunteers work full-time for St. Vincent de Paul in a variety of areas, including the Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy, Social Services, Development/Marketing, Logistics for our Thrift Stores, and the Ozanam Center for Service Learning. Volunteers learn new skills and gain invaluable hands-on professional experience to position them for a life-long vocation of service. As active members of a local St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Volunteers are welcomed into the homes of our neighbors in need, providing a unique opportunity to provide person-to-person service.
To find out more about Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati, contact Maura Carpinello at (513) 562-8841 ext 239 or mcarpinello@SVDPcincinnati.org.
Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati is a member program of Catholic Volunteer Network and MISEVI USA. Our connection with these national organizations provides members of Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati with an even wider network of resources and personal/professional development opportunities during and after their service year.
- Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 215 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs.
- MISEVI USA (MIssion and SErvice the VIncentian Way, a Vincentian Volunteer Network) is a collaborative effort of Vincentian groups committed to the values of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The members of the Network are independent organizations that invite lay adults to work for justice while tending to the needs of those who are poor and to deepen their faith through prayer, community and reflection. MISEVI-USA includes: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, St. Vincent de Paul Youth and Young Adult Center, Vincentian Lay Missionaries, Vincentian Mission Corps, Vincentian Service Corps, and Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati. We also collaborate with several Vincentian Universities as we find ways of supporting, challenging, and working together to better support the Vincentian charism of service with those who are poor and creating bridge-building connections among individuals and organizations. MISEVI – USA was formally accepted and recognized by MISEVI International in 2013.