Training

With a 180+ year past and a dynamic, multi-faceted present, there's much more to the St. Vincent de Paul Society than most people realize. 

Like so many other organizations, we are deeply dependent upon the time and talent that is given by volunteers. Without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, we would not be able to function.

Our Conference currently has about 80 active volunteers who generously give, on average, a total of almost 1,200 hours per month to help the poor in our community. In addition to our regular weekly opening hours at the Stapleton Road facility, our seasonal programs - Thanksgiving food boxes, Coats and Shoes, and Christmas food boxes and gifts - require many extra hands each year.  

The Society offers a wide range of ways that you can help. Most volunteer opportunities take place at our food pantry and clothing bank on Stapleton Road.  For specific information on the work of volunteers, please see our "Volunteer" page (link above).

New Volunteer Orientation

Several times each year, we hold an orientation program for new or potential volunteers, usually on a Saturday morning at our facility on Stapleton Road.  New volunteers get a broad overview of the Society as well as information and some experience with the work to be done. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to contact either Carolyn or Sylvia at the office, 360-694-5388. 

Our next Orientation will be held on March 23, 2019, from 9:00 am to noon, at our office, 2456 Stapleton Road. 

Ozanam Orientation

The Ozanam Orientation is a day of presentations and discussions intended to introduce the Society to new members and to keep long-time Vincentians up to speed and invigorated.  Whether you've been a Vincentian for one month or ten years, you'll enjoy this day learning about our history, home visit basics, our Spirituality, our core values and goals, and Conference life.  You'll meet people from other Conferences and come away with a new enthusiasm for your vocation.

All new active members should attend an Orientation within one year of joining the Society, and all officers must attend before or soon after taking office. 

The Ozanam Orientation is offered every six to twelve months in southwest Washington. For information or to register for this Orientation, please contact our office, 360-694-5388. 

The next Orientation will be held in late 2019. Please check this page again for information or call the office, 360-694-5388.

Home Visit Training

From the Society's beginning, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been the visitation of the needy in their homes, especially when they request assistance with their rent. Visiting them in their homes is the clearest symbol of our Vincentian charism, which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor. It symbolizes our Vincentian  commitment to reach out to the needy, rather than require them to report to an outside service site.  

Please call our office at for information about upcoming training opportunities 360-694-5388.