Last updated by Tim Knuck on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:03pm
About the InternshipDuties:
The Volunteer Services Department is an integral part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). The intern must be able to work the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm to help coordinate the Hearts and Hands Event. The Hearts and Hands Event is a family friendly service opportunity for people of all ages, 5 years of age and up, to give back to the community. This is a unique one-of-a-kind opportunity that allows families with young children to begin instilling the spirit of service into their children through hands on activities that benefit the community. Hearts and Hands Volunteers engage in craft projects centered on the themes of offering blessings, love, hope and motivation to individuals or families in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Activities vary depending on need each month but can include: hygiene packets, sack lunches, snack packs, etc.
In addition to the Hearts and Hands Event, USL Interns may help to recruit and manage SVdP volunteer. SVdP is primarily volunteer run and relies heavily on the Volunteer Services Office to ensure that services are staffed by volunteers. Weekday opportunities are available to Interns interested in coordinating other volunteers.
SVdP serves several populations in need throughout Northern and Central Arizona including the working poor and those experiencing chronic homelessness. The SVdP Medical/Dental Clinic, dining rooms, and food bank serve individuals and families in poverty. In addition to families in poverty, SVdP serves those experiencing chronic homelessness. SVdP has an overflow evening shelter and many services like case management, utility assistance, etc. that help individuals end their homelessness.
In Arizona, 17.4% of individuals or families live in poverty which exceeds the national average of 13.5% (United States Census Bureau). This means that over “2 million Arizonians are considered working poor, living at or below the federal poverty guideline” (Feeding America). The federal poverty threshold for a family of four in Arizona including two children is $23,339. In addition to individuals or families in poverty, one in 184 Arizonans are experiencing homelessness (2015 AZ DES Report). The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix Dioceses, provides services to alleviate poverty and homelessness in Arizona.
Community Volunteers are an integral part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Every year, 10,000 individuals volunteer at the Phoenix Council for SVdP allowing our organization to make a greater impact in community. Approximately 95% of the SVdP workforce are volunteers. Without the assistance of volunteers, SVdP would not be able to Feed, Clothe, House, and Heal those in need. Last year, 10,000,000 meals were distributed to the community through 5 dining rooms and food boxes. Over $3 million in services to uninsured or underinsured individuals or families were provided by the SVdP Medical and Dental Clinic.