Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at St. Vincent de Paul

There are many ways that you can volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul. Whether you would like to help on a regular basis, during the holidays, or immerse yourself in the mission of helping the poor, we are grateful for your time and talents.

Click the links below to find out more about our volunteer opportunities:

Annual Events
Regular Volunteer Opportunities
Immersive Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul or have any questions, please contact Erin Nowak, Volunteer Coordinator, at 562-8841 x211 or enowak@svdpcincinnati.org.

If you're ready to start volunteering, fill out our volunteer application here. 

Annual Events

Every year our seasonal events and distributions, require extra volunteer assistance, before, during and after the event. We ask that volunteers sign up in advance so that we can be certain that we have the amount of help we need to facilitate these events. Here is a list of the programs that we typically need help with:

See Event Opportunities


Regular Volunteer Projects

Our neighbors in need rely on us at St. Vincent de Paul every day and we need your help to serve those in need.  Projects range from working directly with those we serve, to doing some more of the preparatory and behind the scenes work - there is something for everyone to make a difference! We ask that volunteers schedule a date and time in advance to make sure that these opportunities are available on the day they would like to come. 

See Regular Opportunities


Looking for a more immersive volunteer experience?

Ozanam Center for Service Learning

The Ozanam Center for Service Learning offers day-, weekend- or week-long immersion experiences that challenge participants to see those who are struggling not as “the poor,” but as neighbors.  The Center custom designs retreats, offers both faith-based and secular retreats, and engages diverse individuals in service, education, and reflection on spiritual values. Contact the Ozanam Center at (513) 562-8841, ext. 231 or ozanam@SVDPcincinnati.org

Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati

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 twenties an opportunity to grow in faith, friendship, and service by giving deeply of themselves to their neighbors in need. To find out more about Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati, contact Maura Carpinello at (513) 562-8841 ext 239 or mcarpinello@SVDPcincinnati.org.

Join a Conference

The core of our Society’s work is done by more than 900 members in 59 St. Vincent de Paul Conferences across Hamilton County. A conference is a small group of volunteers, typically associated with a parish or school, who visit those in need to assess their situations and help however possible. For more information, please contact Steve Crowe at (513) 562-8841 x 234 or scrowe@SVDPcincinnati.org

Getting Ahead

The causes of poverty are many, and each individual’s story is different.  Personal choices and decisions certainly play a role.  Equally possible is that there is a combination of causes for their poverty:  they may have a lack of support systems or role models, or they may have been exploited by the many businesses that prey on people in poverty.  Lastly, they may be trapped by political decisions and policies that are far beyond their control.  Looking at poverty as more than a financial condition is part of the “whole person” approach that St. Vincent de Paul takes.  Integral to our mission are the face-to-face, one-on one relationships we create with those we serve.  In this spirit, the Cincinnati District Council offers ongoing sessions of “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World”.   

This program, developed by Aha! Process, is a 15- to- 20 week process that invites people in poverty to build the resources they need in order to create a more stable and prosperous life.  Vincentians and Social Services staff recruit “investigators” for the program.  These participants will be individuals previously assisted by the Conferences or the Liz Carter Outreach Center.  The curriculum focuses on four goals: 

  • Accurately assessing where the investigator and family are right now in terms of resources and stability
  • Evaluating what barriers exist that keep them “stuck” in poverty
  • Educating themselves about resources that are available to them within themselves and in the community
  • Creating a SMART action plan that will use those resources to meet individually identified needs

Mentorship is another component of the program.  Each investigator will be assigned a Vincentian or volunteer mentor who will follow up with them at least twice a month for six months after the conclusion of the program. 

We hope you will be part of this amazing program!  For more information, contact Sunnie Lain at slain@svdpcincinnati.org or 513-345-4966.