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Volunteer Opportunities

Many Ways to Get involved

There are many ways that you can volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul. Whether you would like to serve once, coordinate a group project or get involved on a regular basis, we are grateful for your time and talents.

Find something you’re interested in?


The next step is filling out our volunteer application.


Interested in going deeper?

Consider joining a St. Vincent de Paul Conference.


Still have questions?

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Madi Eftink at 513-562-8841, ext. 211, or volunteers@svdpcincinnati.org .


Commitment to Safety

Read our Safe Environment Guidelines and Safe Environment FAQs.

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati commits to the effective implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures as a responsibility to uphold the dignity of our neighbors, whether they are seeking assistance, an employee, a Vincentian, or a volunteer. Read more about our safeguarding here.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed during pantry hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to noon) to help stock the shelves, sort donations, and accompany neighbors around our choice food pantry. We have a special need during the week for volunteers who are available over lunch (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Please note that neighbors receiving services from our pantry are unable to volunteer in this role. Contact us for other available opportunities.

Help Line Advocate
Every day an average of 200 struggling neighbors call St. Vincent de Paul for assistance. We need volunteers to return calls and assist people through the application process. We ask for a two-hour time commitment per week, but the day/time is flexible during the hours that the Outreach Center is open (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon).

Welcome Room Advocate
We have volunteer opportunities in our Welcome Room to engage with our neighbors who are seeking assistance, to holistically assess their overall situation, eligibility for assistance, and to provide St. Vincent de Paul assistance and referrals for resources from community partners as necessary.

Home Visits
Every Wednesday morning we send pairs of volunteers out into the community to visit the homes of our neighbors in need. These home visits allow us to better understand the needs of our neighbors and provide them help when necessary.

Thrift Stores
Volunteer help is needed each week to sort donations, create displays, straighten and stock shelves at our seven St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. All our thrift stores have evening and weekend hours, so this is a great opportunity for individuals who work or go to school during the week.

Volunteers with maintenance experience are needed to do basic maintenance and facility upkeep at our outreach centers and offices.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

St. Vincent de Paul offers volunteer opportunities for school, business, church and family groups. To sign up your group or find out more about these opportunities, contact our Volunteer Program Manager.

Small groups can bring in supplies to make breakfast/a light snack for our neighbors who are waiting for services at the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center. Our Teaching and Hospitality Kitchen has two stoves and two microwaves, as well as mixing bowls and serving utensils. Volunteers can also serve coffee and pastries (provided by St. Vincent de Paul).

Food Pantry
Groups of less than 10 can sign up to help stock shelves and accompany neighbors around our Choice Food Pantry. Volunteer groups are needed daily from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers must be high school-aged or older in order to accompany neighbors around the pantry. Younger volunteers can push the shopping cart or hold bags for an adult volunteer.

Off-site Projects
We have a number of off-site opportunities that larger groups can participate in:

  • T-shirt Bags: Have a lot of old/unused t-shirts? We can use those too! You can create a bag out of your t-shirts for our neighbors who walk or use public transportation. Our neighbors love these as they provide a more secure bag for their groceries.
  • Hygiene Bags: Collect travel size hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) and put together hygiene bags for us to give out to our neighbors. These personal care items are a huge need for us because our neighbors cannot use food stamps to buy hygiene items and they’re not donated as frequently as other items.
  • Kids’ Bags: These are given to kids who are waiting for services with their parents. They could include a small snack (granola bar, fruit snack, etc.) and something to occupy the child (coloring page with crayons, Play-Do, a small toy, etc.).
  • Birthday Box: Collect and assemble bags with cake mix, frosting and candles for us to share with neighbors celebrating birthdays.
  • Recipe Kits: Collect items used to make a specific recipe and put the ingredients in a bag (recipe included) to be given to a neighbor (for example, a bag with a pie crust and pie filling or a bag with beans, tomatoes, spices and a recipe to make chili).

Annual Events

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.


“Prescription Fore Fun” Golf Outing & Wine and Bourbon Tasting
Join St. Vincent de Paul for our annual golf outing, and wine and bourbon tasting benefiting the Charitable Pharmacy. Volunteers are needed during the afternoon to assist with golfer registration, as well as in the evening to help with raffle sales, silent auction table monitoring, and registration for the wine and bourbon tasting.

 RetroFittings is annual fashion show fundraising event featuring the designs of University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program. Students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $50, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion. RetroFittings also features an on-site boutique with items from SVDP thrift stores, as well as a silent and live auctions and raffles. Volunteers are needed in the following capacities: greeters, registration table, silent auction table monitoring, raffle ticket sales and guest escorting.

Event Planning Committees
Volunteers are also needed on the planning committees for these events, specifically to help solicit auction items and sponsorships. The golf outing, and wine and bourbon tasting committee meets monthly from March-July, and the RetroFittings committee convenes on a monthly basis from June-October. In addition to attending monthly gatherings , committee members are expected to solicit in-kind donations and/or sponsorships  between the meetings. If you are interested in a committee role and/or for more information, please contact James C. Johnson at jjohnson@svdpcincinnati.org or 513-978-6656.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

St. Vincent de Paul hosts several coat, toy and food distributions throughout the holiday season. These programs would not be possible without the volunteers and donors who give their time, talent and treasure. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator with any questions or to sign up to help.

Coat Distributions
Volunteers needed for registration, hospitality, sorting and stocking, as well as assisting neighbors as they pick out coats. Distributions are held at various offsite locations.


Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Volunteers needed to sort, bag and carry food.  This event takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center.

Christmas Food Distribution
Volunteers needed to sort, bag and carry food. This happens each December at the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center.


Angel Toy Distribution
Volunteers needed for registration, shopping assistance, watching children, carrying packages and wrapping presents. This event is held annually at the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center.

Christmas Together
Volunteers needed in the morning to receive presents from sponsors and in the afternoon to load presents into the vehicles of the families receiving them. At the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center. Help is also needed to receive presents from sponsors.


Looking for a more immersive volunteer experience?

Ozanam Center for Service Learning
The Ozanam Center for Service Learning offers day, weekend or weeklong 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.

Join a Conference
The core of our Society’s work is done by more than 1,100 members in over 60 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 Alec Jewell at 513-562-8841, ext. 234, or ajewell@SVDPcincinnati.org.