One way VVC is unique among year-of-service programs is that all VVC members serve full-time in a unique work placement with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati for the duration of their 11-month commitment. The program provides members with excellent professional work experience in a supportive context and in a variety of departments at St. Vincent de Paul.
Because VVC members live and work in the same area, they have an unparalleled opportunity to support one another as they grow in faith, friendship, and service throughout the year. One hundred percent of VVC members finish the program with a meaningful next-step in their career.
Click on your area of interest or department to learn more:
VVC Patient Advocate Specialist
- St. Vincent de Paul’s Charitable Pharmacy is a ‘YES’ to the many ‘NOs’ that people hear on a regular basis when trying to apply for assistance they so desperately need. As one of the only free Pharmacies in southwest Ohio, we provide one-on-one individual support and assistance to each neighbor in need of medication assistance, qualifying them for services and assessing other basic needs. Working in the Charitable Pharmacy, you serve as a linkage to a very important resource that not nearly enough people know about. We serve clients in Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler counties. Spanish proficiency is an asset to this position, as we do serve Spanish speaking clients as well.
VVC Pantry Coordinator
- The Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry reveals faith in action – bringing together people from very different backgrounds. The Pantry provides families and individuals free, monthly access to food, where the families are able to choose what they take home, within guidelines based on household size. Working in the Choice Pantry, you are able to develop relationships with the clients and volunteers alike. The versatility in the job – from engaging both clients and volunteers to working with food donations and logistics – makes each day a little different and fosters a wide array of professional and personal skills.
VVC Ozanam Center Coordinator
- “Charity and justice go hand in hand – not either/or options, but BOTH/AND imperatives” (SVDP National office). The Ozanam Center offers immersion experiences to raise awareness, encourage mutual respect, and promote solutions that bring lasting change to our community. The Center connects the direct service of SVDP with the issues behind the need. Working in the Ozanam Center, you have the opportunity to facilitate a paradigm shift in youth, young adult, and adult participants as they realize that serving is more than a handout – it is a lifestyle that is mutually beneficial. You will also regularly participate in direct assistance to our neighbors in need through home visits and other opportunities.
VVC Social Services Specialist
- The Social Services team at St. Vincent de Paul works directly with neighbors in need, providing personal assistance with food, clothing, medicine, rent, utilities, transportation and companionship to people facing economic, emotional or spiritual crises. A critical part of the department’s work includes assessing results and developing programs to maximize our impact. As a part of the Social Services team, you will spend time directly serving clients through our emergency assistance programs and assisting with the evaluation and refinement of these programs. You will work one-on-one with people seeking assistance, and will also manage the collection and analysis of post-assistance data surveys with our Homelessness Prevention clients.
VVC Client Advocate
- Build a sense of community in the City and show our neighbors in need that people care about them. The Social Services team works directly with those we serve, helping them overcome barriers to stability, providing personal assistance with food, clothing, rent, utilities, furniture, and transportation. Working in Social Services, you will work alongside caring, committed and supportive people as a companion to those seeking assistance, helping provide these services through home visits and one-on-one in-office meetings. You will also be responsible for managing one of our client support programs which provide transportation, mattresses, or furniture assistance; facilitating financial literacy trainings; or working with programs designed to build and enhance community.
- Healthcare -- Charitable Pharmacy
- Food Justice -- Choice Food Pantry
- Social Justice Education -- Ozanam Center for Service Learning
- Human Services and Homelessness Prevention -- Social Services
- Human Services and Emergency Assistance -- Social Services
- Communications and Development -- Development/Community Relations
In addition to their primary position, each volunteer will have the opportunity to engage in professional development/personal interest projects throughout the year. The list includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
Development/grant-writing/fundraising – support the broad range of activities overseen by the development department, from researching grants to special event planning.
Marketing/social media – provide content and ideas to support SVDP’s marketing and social media efforts, from quarterly newsletters to promoting fundraising events.
Re-Entry Program – provide support for programs and events for SVDP’s Re-Entry program, supporting and advocating for people returning to the community following incarceration.
SVDP Conference Support – assist with new initiatives that encourage and welcome new members and support current programs and events for the parish-based SVDP Conferences. Meet with high school conferences to share VVC and conference life experience.
Holiday Programs – help plan and execute the numerous special programs and services offered from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Ozanam Center for Service Learning – work with youth to engage them in issues of social justice, planning educational and experiential activities.
Social Services – provide tenant/landlord and/or financial literacy courses for people seeking assistance. Work one-on-one with people seeking assistance.
Logistics and Data – examine processes and procedures to identify areas needing improved efficiency and process redesign. Work with data across the agency to assess accuracy and effectiveness in collection and management, particularly using our client database and agency dashboard metrics.
Volunteer Engagement – work with corporate groups, high school students, one-time event volunteers, and individuals who have been volunteering weekly for years, ensuring that our neighbors in need have access to services through caring, compassionate volunteers and that the volunteers have a positive experience working with our organization.
Sustainability & Community Garden – In addition to overseeing a number of sustainable initiatives, SVDP is poised to begin an urban garden on our property, providing fresh, local produce to supply our Choice Food Pantry. Support the ongoing development of the Pantry garden and oversee group and individual volunteers in support of these efforts.
For more information and to begin your application process, please contact Maura Carpinello, Director of Service Learing, at (513) 562-8841, ext. 239 or mcarpinello@SVDPcincinnati.org.