Reasons to give


  • Donating alms to help the poor has been a Christian custom since Apostolic times.
  • By your donations, you help Vincentians help those in need.  Your donations are the only way that many of the poor will receive any  help.
  • Many people wish to follow this custom of almsgiving and  will send regular donations to the Society such as making monthly,  quarterly, or annual gifts to help the poor.
  • Others will give a donation to SVDP at Thanksgiving or  Christmas time in thanksgiving to God for the blessings they have  received throughout the year.
  • Many will make a donation to SVDP in thanksgiving for a special or fortunate event in their lives. 
  • Families often request that bereavement memorials be made to SVDP in memory of a loved one who has died.

Ways to give


Your financial donation can help Vincentians provide assistance to  the poor and needy in northern Alabama. By doing so, you can help a  neighbor family that is experiencing trouble, to receive food or to get  assistance with their electricity or heating bills and not have these  services shut off. SVDP's help with rent payments can keep a family from  becoming homeless.

Together, we can make a difference for them. By the combination  of your donations and our work, together we can partner to share our  resources with the men, women, and children in our community who look to  us for help.

To respect the wishes of those who donate to us, we do our best  to verify the legitimacy of our clients' claims of need before  providing any assistance.

Financial Donations 

  • Poor Box 

If your parish has a St. Vincent de Paul Conference, they may have a SVDP poor box in the rear of your church.

  • Collections at Church

Many parishes with a SVDP Conference  include an envelope for donations to SVDP. Many who wish to support the  work of the Society plan  their yearly contribution by donating on a  weekly/monthly basis.  Regular contributions allow your parish  conference to budget the assistance they will be able to provide to  those in need in your area.

  • By mail

You may mail your  donation to the  Society, either to the District Council or your local  parish  conference. Please mail your checks:

     SVDP District Council Office

     1055 Hughes Road

     Madison, AL 35758

or to your local   Conference via your parish. Please make checks payable to The Society  of  St. Vincent de Paul. If sending to your parish, please clearly mark   your envelope as being for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul to avoid   getting confused with other parish envelopes.

  • Bequests as part of your estate

You can name St.  Vincent de Paul as a  beneficiary in your estate. Many wish to leave a  part of their estate  in order to continue helping the poor and needy  after they die.

You  can arrange a contribution to St.  Vincent de Paul through a living  trust by naming the Society of St.  Vincent de Paul District Council of  Huntsville as the ultimate  beneficiary. This method of giving is  attractive because you retain  complete control of the assets during  your lifetime. You can designate  the purpose of your gift or allow it  to become part of our monetary  reserves, helping to insure our  continuing work for the North Alabama 's needy people. Your attorney can  help you with all your  estate planning needs. 

Food Donations  

Many parishes and schools conduct   regular food collections for the SVDP food pantry. Many parishes will   have a food box in the rear of the church to accept your donations of   food items.

Antiques & large appliances

Antiques and  large appliances can be  sold by SVDP and the revenue generated pays for  food, housing, heating,  medicines, etc. for the needy.

We also may give large appliances  directly to the poor. 

There is a huge need for these items.


The Huntsville Council has a program, Wheels4Working that is part of he National Auto Donation Program that provides automobiles and/or repairs for individuals who need transportation in order to get to/from work.  This program is described at


The SVDP Thrift Stores in Huntsville and Florence accept clothing.


Please pray for our clients, and for our success in helping them.