Volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Georgia thrift store in Buford. Contributed
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

History: Nearly two centuries ago in Paris, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul formed with a charge to bring food, clothing and other resources into the homes of those in need. Seventy years later, society in Georgia opened its first chapter, or conference, at Atlanta’s Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Did you know: Georgia now has 72 conferences, with more than 50 in metro Atlanta. Trained volunteers visit people in their homes and provide food, clothing and financial or spiritual support. The society operates food pantries and thrift stores.

Its motto: “St. Vincent de Paul Georgia is preventing homelessness, fighting hunger and changing lives.”

How you can help: Become a voice for the poor by using social media or interacting with policymakers. Volunteers can donate their time at a thrift store, as a caseworker or at one of St. Vincent’s family support centers. Financial contributions and donations of clothing, household items, cars and boats can help make a major impact on Georgians in need.

To learn more: Visit svdpgeorgia.org or call 678-892-6160.

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