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Phone: 510-638-7600
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland
California 94603
USA
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Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: - Help serve lunch to the hungry and the homeless
- Read to children in our drop-in Center while moms do laundry
- Visit a family in need with a co-volunteer and help respond to their needs for help

Geographic areas served: Alameda County

Programs: SVdP operates the Dining Room and Community Center in downtown Oakland. The Dining Room provides up to 800 free meals per day, five days a week. The Community Center provides: two drop-in centers for men, women and children; two job-training programs (Kitchen of Champions culinary training program and Champion Workforce transitional employment program); the Help Desk; Clothing Closet; Homeless & Caring Court; medical clinics; and other referrals and basic services.
To generate income for the programs, SVdP operates social enterprises: three thrift stores (East Oakland, Fremont and Livermore), the Redux Studios & Gallery in Alameda, and WasteNot electronics recycling. Not only does social enterprises generate revenue, but it provides job opportunities for our transional employment program.
SVdP also has a large network for grassroots volunteers throughout Alameda County called "Vincentians." These 800 volunteers provide one-on-one support to those in need in their communities.

Mission:
The mission of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP) is to provide direct help to anyone in need in Alameda County.
Results:
Last year, SVdP served more than 150,000 people throughout Alameda County. Our Dining Room in downtown Oakland continues to serve nearly 800 hot lunches daily to the hungry and the homeless. Continuing to build pathways out of poverty, our job-training programs has a graduation rate of over 70% and is designed to help trainees move forward in life.

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03/16/14
These reviews were getting little dated but all the positives still apply in the free dining room. I volunteer there one day a week. "in the back", which is an area of the dining room were we provide table service to the disabled and to families. SVDP is well organized so they use the volunteers' ... more »
02/28/11
I have been serving in the dining room for more than a year now since I retired; I am able to work regularly, one day a week where we serve a daily hot lunch to between 600-1000 people per day. We mostly serve single men but we also have families and disabled that come as well. What really has ... more »
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02/23/11
My name is Katy Wright & I have been volunteering in the dining room in Oakland for almost three years now. When I first started, I always stayed behind the counter, because the "clients" kind of scared me. Then one day, I saw the person who was handing out the trays hassle some of the people ... more »
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- Read to children in our drop-in Center while moms do laundry
- Visit a family in need with a co-volunteer and help respond to their needs for help Volunteer

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