Category: Volunteerism

Seeing hope in the world: A nonprofit intern’s experience

Each new experience inevitably changes my perspective on life, and the past six months as an intern at St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) are no exception. What began as a desire to volunteer for a local charity quickly developed into an opportunity to join STVCC’s mission to serve the people of Michigan. Working as an intern has…

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In the Rooms Where Life Happens

In our Service Center are comfortable spaces for children to spend time with their birth parents. These visitation rooms provide a gathering place for children and families who seek guidance in situations of adoption, foster care, or other family needs. There we provide toys for children, changing tables, books and seats for families to spend…

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From Curiosity to Generosity

From the moment her curiosity led to becoming a volunteer, Sherry Dunn knew she wanted to make her service long-term. The success of any non-profit depends on the support of volunteers. At St. Vincent Catholic Charities, we receive immeasurable help from a community made up of people like Sherry who support our passion to serve…

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Record Year of Service

The staff and supporters of our Refugee Services program took a brief moment to reflect on their accomplishments in fiscal year 2015-2016. The numbers told a story that was simply amazing. In the last 92 days alone, ending September 30, 326 refugees were successfully resettled! This was 42% of the 776 total individuals from 14…

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Volunteer Involvement

Volunteer involvement with refugees helps families adjust to living in a new culture. Here at STVCC, we understand the challenge of moving to a new area. Many refugees don’t know English and still have to adapt to American culture as soon as possible. Language barriers aside, moving to a new country is difficult. Thankfully, volunteers help smooth the…

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Math Tutors Needed

Math tutors are in high demand at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home. Summer is drawing to a close as Labor Day looms nearer, which can mean only one thing for students: the impending first day of school. Memories flood back as we remember the joys, hardships, and mentors that changed our lives for…

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Volunteers: A Legacy of Service

Volunteers play a vital role in St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ (STVCC) success. Whether they serve on our Board of Directors, our as mentors at our Children’s Home, or in Refugee Services, they fulfill roles that assist our mission of performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to our clients.  In the past year, 157 individuals volunteered on a…

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Jose and Phyllis: Their Amazing Work

Jose and Phyllis are two of the many dedicated employees at STVCC. We are happy to share some of their stories and experiences in this dialogue. How many years of service to STVCC?  Jose Carrera: 9 years, three months, and 7 days. But who is counting? Phyllis Kitchell: Around 28 or so (better check my files to be absolutely…

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Mentor Leigh Ann Warner-St. Vincent Catholic Charities

Mentors are so important to the children served at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home.  It is also a great way for volunteers to connect with a child in need and make a positive impact in their lives. Mentor Leigh Ann Warner is using her time and talent to make a difference in a…

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Giving Love for the Holidays

The holidays are always a time of great love for many of us.  We are surrounded by close friends and family members who have all gathered to celebrate the joy of Christmas and hopes of prosperity for the new year.  But for some, the holidays are a difficult time.  That is exactly what one of…

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