Your local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Ann Parish is able to operate only because of your donations and assistance. Whether or not you are a member, our Vincentian vocation of helping the poor is an outreach of the entire parish. Our active outreach is a reflection of our mission, but also a witness to the charitable nature of our parishioners.
In the first three quarters of 2020, despite being hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expended over $62,000 on behalf of our neighbors, including 1.700 bags of groceries. We have assisted almost 1,100 families, including 2,300 children. Our members have spent 4,000 hours of their time and driven over 5,000 miles to serve our mutual neighbors.
We continue to operate solely through your kind contributions. 100% of the money that we receive goes to the support of our less fortunate neighbors; all administrative costs are borne by our members.
Food and Supplies
Our food pantry is always grateful for donations; of particular need are food items such as rice, pasta, beans, mac ‘n cheese, coffee, tuna, and peanut butter. Especially during the pandemic, cleaning supplies have been much appreciated; items like laundry detergent. paper towels, window cleaner, and dishwashing liquid.
Ordinarily, there are contribution bins located in the vestibule of each church. During the pandemic, though, we are asking that donations be made at the food pantry itself, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Thursday mornings prior to the opening of the pantry between 8:30 and 10:00 AM; except for the second Thursday of each month when the pantry is closed in the morning, but is open from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
You are always welcome to help us, whether by joining our Conference or by helping us on special projects.
And of course, your support of our many fundraisers: chocolate sales, the Christmas Giving Tree, Dine ‘n donate meals, school supply drives and others.
If there is any way that you can help, with either a donation of money or food cards, please won’t you consider doing so? You can donate by a check made out to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.
Alternatively, you may use one of the special St. Vincent envelopes (with the tan stripe), now available at the entrance to Church or in your bimonthly parish envelope package; and drop that envelope in any collection basket.
On line Giving
For your convenience, we have initiated an on-line giving program, in conjunction with our diocesan Council. You can donate on line as follows:
- Go to www.svdpwilm.org
- Hit “Donate” on the top menu bar
- Scroll down to the “Online Donations” box and hit the “green “Donate Now” button
- Type in the donation amount
- VERY IMPORTANT: Just under amount is a box for notes – you must enter “SVDP ST. Ann’s Bethany Beach”. If there is a special fund raiser to which you would like to direct your contribution (e.g., Food Pantry, Giving Tree, etc.), note that here as well
- Select your payment method: PayPal or debit/credit card
- Enter your email information if you would like to receive an acknowledgement
The deposit will be in the Council account and then transferred to the SVDP St. Ann’s Bethany Beach account by the Treasurer of the Council.
It is important to designate St. Ann’s Bethany Beach in the Note section, as there is more than one St. Ann’s in the Council.