The volunteers perform a variety of tasks for the charity, including serving hot meals in the Open Hand Kitchen, assisting clients in the food pantry, sorting donations in the thrift stores and tutoring children at the Family Success Center.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our daily operations, and we are blessed to have these compassionate men, women and youth dedicated to helping us carry out our mission to serve our neighbors in need,” said Ed Wnorowski, SVDP’s executive director and chief executive officer.
Awards were presented to individuals, community partners and to a former St. Vincent de Paul client “who is now giving back to others,” a news release from the society said.
Guest speakers included SVDP clients who provided brief testimonies about the aid they have received from the society.
St. Vincent de Paul has served the poor in Louisville since 1863. The Open Hand Kitchen serves 15,000 free meals each month. The society also operates a food pantry, offers a men’s homeless shelter that includes a program for homeless veterans and provides housing for more than 300 individuals and families on the SVDP campus.
The society also oversees St. Jude’s Women’s Recovery Center, a 50-bed facility for clients struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism.
SVDP’s Family Success Center provides year-round tutoring and enrichment programs for at-risk youth.
To learn more, visit svdplou.org.