Your excellent interview with Stuart Sobel on the operation of various charity organizations (Dispatch, “Charity or Scam?” June 21-28) — how to tell the good ones, and concerning large executive salaries — may have left the impression that the Society of St. Vincent DePaul operates stores for selling donated items. Not so.
There are two extraordinary facts about the Society of St. Vincent DePaul that are little known, in great measure because the organization operates quietly, has no glittering find-raising events and is not a favorite of the society mob, therefore is not publicized. These facts are 1) Despite its size (more than 1,000 volunteers) it has no paid executives or employees — none — and 2) at its distribution center on the near
Southeastside, the Society on Saturday mornings gives away — does not sell — what it has been given. This includes appliances large and small, furniture of every kind, kitchen items, clothing and just about anything that can be imagined, including donated cars.The Society welcomes volunteers of every religion, or none, and would appreciate help in its newest venture. It is working to set up a grocery store in which the needy from anywhere in the city can come to shop for their sustenance without having to pay for it.
Information in donating finds and/or items to this organization can be secured by calling 687-1006.