Why Volunteer?

Currently in our communities . . .

  • 18% of the residents and 25% of the children live below the poverty line.
  • More than 91,000 people are homeless, almost 20% of these families with children, making Los Angeles the homeless capital of the nation.
  • Another 16% to 20% of homeless adults are employed in low paying jobs.
  • 73% of low-income renters pay more than 50% of their earnings in rent.

  • One in every nine households experience difficulty securing enough food for their family members.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles, is part of the 175 year-old international Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose members serve the needy of all faiths in 142 countries.  The Los Angeles branch of the Society provides programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara free of charge regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin.

The Society’s volunteers assist with emergency food and shelter programs; conduct food, clothing and toy drives; furnish financial assistance for utilities, transportation or temporary housing; provide referrals to victims of domestic violence, runaways and those in need of medical or dental treatment; aid individuals with filing paper work for government assistance; and visit elderly shut-ins or those in prison.

As a result, the Society, through its programs and conference volunteers, assisted more than 500,000 people who were experiencing various emergencies and needed food, shelter, clothing, utilities or rental assistance, furniture and/or medical or dental care during the 2006–07 fiscal year.