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Seasonal Programs

We’re busy helping all year

Throughout the year we offer various programs designed to meet the needs of our neighbors at that particular time. The programs include:

Spring/Summer

Fan and Air Conditioner Distributions

With the kind of sweltering heat that settles over the Tri-State each summer, many of our neighbors are susceptible to the dangers of heat exposure. To help them beat the heat, St. Vincent de Paul gives away nearly 1,000 free fans and air conditioners each summer.

Fans are given out on a first-come, first-served basis during three distribution days. Recipients must provide an ID, fill out a waiver and can only receive one fan every other year.

Air conditioners are given out to those with verified health issues throughout the summer. Documentation of medical need and a photo ID are required. Individuals needing an air conditioner should contact St. Vincent de Paul’s Help Line at 513-421-0602 to apply.

Applications begin May 1. Recipients of air conditioners must provide a doctor’s note stating the medical need for an AC.  Appointments are scheduled for approved neighbors to pick up an air conditioner. There is a limit of one air conditioner per household, and households are eligible to receive an air conditioner once every five years.

Fall

Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Thanksgiving is a holiday built around gathering family at the dinner table, giving thanks and chowing down. To help with this holiday tradition, St. Vincent de Paul gives out Thanksgiving food baskets, which include a turkey, all of the traditional side items, desserts and everything needed to create a great meal. Any neighbor in need is eligible to participate in the Thanksgiving Food Distribution, which takes place at our Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center in the West End. The zip code limit that generally applies to our pantry is not in place for the distribution. There is no need to sign up in advance, although a photo ID is required on the day of the distribution.

Winter

Coat Distributions

Cincinnati winters can be anywhere from fair to frigid, so three times each winter we hold free coat distributions for our neighbors in need. The distributions are from 9:00 a.m. to noon and held at various locations throughout the county in an effort to make it easy for everyone to get to. A photo ID for all family members receiving a coat is required.

Winter

Christmas Food Distribution

Presents under the tree is often the highlight of Christmas day, but the Christmas dinner with family can’t be forgotten, and to help St. Vincent de Paul hands out everything needed for a good meal—a ham, veggies, fruit, rolls, dessert—to those in need. The distribution takes place at our Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center from 9:00 am. to noon. Any neighbor in need is eligible to participate. The zip code limit that generally applies to our pantry is not be in place for the distribution. There is no need to sign up in advance, although a photo ID is required on the day of the distribution.

Winter

Christmas Gift Programs

St. Vincent de Paul offers several Christmas gift programs for families in need. Families are invited to apply for these programs. Applying does not guarantee a spot in one of our programs, and participants are chosen based on their application, not on a first-come, first-served basis. You are eligible to receive assistance every other year.