Gently Used Treasures Build Legacy

It seems inevitable that as the seasons change people decide a clean-out of their homes is in order; this is usually followed by a trip to the Saint Vincent De Paul Thrift & Furniture Store with donated goods. This generosity is a good thing for the community, says Saint Vincent De Paul Society Oshkosh Inc. President Roger Herold.

Income from the thrift shop, an abundance of volunteer staff and cash donations, help the organization help others. In 2016, emergency assistance was provided for 3,500 residents totaling more than $214,000. Saint Vincent De Paul also provides space to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry and is a connecting point for the Hub, a collaboration of agencies that helps and coaches individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.

In 2008, the Saint Vincent De Paul Endowment Fund was created at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Today the fund has grown to more than
$1 million, ensuring emergency assistance will be here as long as it's needed.

"It's all because people have been so generous cleaning out their closets – it's a community blessing,"

Dolly Neumueller Nielsen, a volunteer for St. Vincent De Paul, enjoys interacting with customers and other volunteers. She especially likes working in the clothing area.

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