For almost 180 years, The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been serving all parts of the community right across Northern Ireland. Its goal is to fight poverty in all its forms through practical assistance in a non-judgemental way. As well as providing vulnerable people and families with wide ranging support through local offices and shops, the Society is committed to social justice and is dependent on its more than 2,000 members and volunteers in 180 conferences.
How can your organisation get involved with SVP to help the local community where you do business?
There are various ways in which your organisation can get involved in helping your local community with SVP.
By nominating SVP as your Charity of the Year you are committing to help those in need, in communities across Northern Ireland, for a calendar year with focused fundraising activities. This can be an opportune way of engaging staff, boosting morale and creating a positive atmosphere among your employees. A Charity of the Year partnership with SVP really helps connect employees with the work of the Society and encourages links with SVP volunteers and members at a local level in the community in which they work.
Staff organised fundraising events are a great way to raise funds while having fun as a team. From a coffee morning to a sponsored cycle, SVP can help your organisation generate a one off fundraising event or programme of engaging fundraising activities that will motivate your employees whilst helping people who really need it in your community. Events can be registered on SVP fundraising pages and donations will go directly to those who need it most.
Staff can volunteer of their time to help with various SVP initiatives throughout the year from lending an hour to help in one of 33 local Vincent’s shops across Northern Ireland to delivering much needed supplies to the vulnerable or those in need.
A corporate gift is one way of making a real difference to disadvantaged communities in your area.
Vincent’s shops are well placed to accept large donations of stock from stores on the High Street. Corporates can be reassured that their donations can and do go to every nook and cranny in Ireland and are resold to generate much needed funds for SVP as well as providing Vincent’s loyal customers the opportunity to purchase top quality items at a price they can afford.
Your employees can give to SVP directly from their pay cheque through payroll giving. This is one of the easiest ways to donate to help people who need it most.
SVP partners with a number of organisations at Christmas to provide gift vouchers to families who are faced with impossible choices of heating the home or purchasing food to make the Christmas dinner. SVP empowers parents to use gift vouchers donated by SVP to choose gifts for their children ensuring that no child wakes up to an empty Christmas.
Last Christmas SVP partners included AllState NI, Cyber Source, First Derivatives, Huhtamaki, Lagan Construction, Tughans Solicitors, Ulster Property Sales, Vaughans and Whitemountain.
SVP also works with The Salvation Army to deliver The Family Appeal which was driven last year by online donations and is supported by partners including Education Authority, Chartered Accountants, Translink, U105 and Belfast Live.
If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can get involved with SVP, please contact Pauline Brown, Regional Manager of SVP by email firstname.lastname@example.org