Since we give out 25,000 food boxes each year, as you can imagine, we can use all the food we can get. We work collaboratively with the Marion-Polk Food Share and frequently receive food from them. However, we rely heavily on food drives and donations to help our clients. So the next time you are in the grocery store, please remember us and pick up a few extra items for us.
Some of the items we need the most include:
- Shelf-Stable Dairy
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Tomatoes
- Canned Fruit
- Toilet paper
Please bring food donation items to our location at 3745 Portland Rd. NE, Salem, OR 97303 or if you belong to St. Joseph, St. Vincent de Paul or St. Edward Catholic Churches, feel free to bring them to their monthly food drives.
Since we frequently pay bills to help clients keep their power and water on or their rent paid, cash donations are always greatly appreciated. For more information on cash donations, please click here. To make a cash donation, please click here.
We also need some household items as well. A list of our household needs can be found here.
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
Many of our clients are homeless or if they do have a home, they frequently lack many things we take for granted.
Some of the things we often need include:
- Sleeping bags
- New underwear and socks
- Warm coats
- Beds, Mattresses and bed sheets
- Kitchen tables and chairs
If you have these items to donate, please bring them to our food bank location or call us at 503-364-3210 to arrange a pick up.
We are one of only about 3 charities in the Mid-Willamette Valley that helps with rent, power, water and medical bills and other critical financial needs. We frequently help single mothers keep the power or water on; seniors pay for critical medications; or provide the financial bridge for families who would otherwise lose their homes while they are in between jobs.
Our rule of thumb is to provide the last $50 of an individual’s or family’s needs to cover a critical bill. For example, if a family owes $150 on their power bill, they must come up with $100 before we will pay the last $50. We will then contact the utility or landlord and provide them with our financial commitment. In some cases where money is extremely tight, we are able to negotiate a reduced payment amount for our clients.
Finally, we will only provide this type of financial assistance once per year. The idea is that our financial assistance should provide a safety net to clients who are experiencing abnormally difficult financial circumstances and just need help to get them through the temporary situation.
For these reasons, cash donations are great appreciated.
If you would like to make a cash donation, please click here.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul gladly takes vehicle donations. If you would like more information, please contact Shari Crawford at 503-364-5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate your vehicle, please click here.