On Saturday, April 13, we hosted our annual Easter Open House for 54 families and 187 children. With the help of 16 volunteers, including photographer Sacha and a group from Pledge to Humanity at San Ramon Valley High School, we were able to give every family a Safeway gift card, Easter baskets, photos with the Easter bunny, free books and Easter themed crafts. A special pizza lunch was made by our kitchen staff and Kitchen of Champions cohort. Our open house events are a great way to celebrate important moments of the year and bring our community together for a bright spot in our lives. Thank you to all who continue to support the open house events. Our next open house will be celebrating back to school in August. If you would like to sign up to volunteer or donate, please contact our volunteer team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we celebrate 80 years of service throughout Alameda County we are excited to be able to offer 80 ways to volunteer and get involved with St. Vincent de Paul.
If you are interested in doing one or more of these activities please reach out to Katie Troy, Volunteer Coordinator, at 510-877-9252 or at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.svdp-alameda.org.
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Celebrate Dr Seuss' 113 Birthday, Book Artistry, Coffee and our newly improved (HUGE) book sections Feb 24-Mar 2!
Our store book sections have cleaned out, spruced up, and organized- we are ready for our Read Across America Celebration! Stop on in and Buy 2, get 1 Free Book ! Come on in on Saturday and enjoy some coffee, browse the books and check out the Book Art of Katie Budai(Fremont only). From intricate cutwork scenes to paperfolding and furniture building, book art is an incredible use for retired books. Learn how to make a simple foldable piece with katie!
The holidays are upon us, and in our corner of the world, a new relationship is blooming! Two rather stony faced characters, Estelle Donahue and Josh Ramirez found themselves in the same aisle at SVdP Thrift last week, searching for the perfect holiday outfit. Estelle, holding a dazzling sequin dress and Josh towing a new argyle tie and posh velvet sports coat, bumped into each other, blushing as they clutched their merchandise. Apologizing, Estelle turned to go, and in her sudden movement, tripped and fell in the aisle. Josh, ever the gentleman, took her to the front of the store to rest, quickly turning to a store attendant for a glass of water.
As Estelle rested against the luxe velour chair, the two got to talking and laughing, reporting the various family dysfunctions they anticipated during the approaching holiday, exchanges about their childhood, and amusements about previous SVDP thrift store finds.
While she recovers, Estelle has asked Josh to keep her company. Although he has tried his best to maintain composure, Josh is swooning for his new mannequin companion. The SVdP store and its team members are happy to host the two young store residents .
Stop by and say hello, and if you have any thoughts on the activities the two might take part in during the coming weeks and months, we’d love to hear your ideas!!
The best thing you can do to reduce your use of resources that are used for clothing is to not buy them- to reuse something you already own.The second best? Shopping at a used clothing store. The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil. We are a nation of shoppers and that shopping results in the use of precious resources for items that may last in your closet a matter of months, or even weeks. Some top clothing designers, are on the leading edge of reforming the fashion industry and are reducing water use and carbon emissions and working to make their supply chain sustainable by 2020. But all of us need to take part and focus on more sustainable shopping NOW! The best way to start? Buy your clothing at secondhand thrift and vintage shops and we happen to know a few Great Ones around the East Bay. Shop our stores and help us fund the programs that feed, provide job training and other vital life resources while you shop! For more great thrifting in the East Bay our friends over at Thrift Store Junkies have a complete list