Volunteering for the long haul

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Braised Short Ribs w/mashed yams, Brussels sprouts and orange gremolata, prepared by the Kitchen of Champions at Oakland's Society of Saint Vincent de Paul for a recent fundraiser.

For the last 70 years the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has been helping those in need attain food, shelter, and work. They focus on the poor and the homeless with the help of a small staff and many volunteers. Walking into their kitchen I was surprised to learn that they have dedicated teams of volunteers who serve week in and week out. Their longest volunteer has been giving her time every Wednesday for the last 18 years. This segment takes you behind the scenes to Saint Vincent De Paul’s dish room to hear why their volunteers keep going back.

If you want to get involved to help them meet their mission and maybe meet yours, call (510) 636-4265. You can help at their dining room, help desk, Job Club, and even in their kitchen. Learn more at


Author: ireneflorez

Bogotá-born, Oakland-based media bee.

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