Our mission of charity and justice relies on the wonderful generosity and compassion of many volunteers, donors and supporters.
St Vincent de Paul – putting faith into action
The St Vincent de Paul Society has been helping New Zealanders in need for more than 150 years. Members of the Society care for the disadvantaged in the community in practical ways such as providing food parcels, emergency housing, visiting the sick in their homes and in hospital, helping refugees to settle or simply being present for people who are finding life a struggle.
The Society is a charitable Catholic organisation founded in 1833 by French lawyer and social justice advocate, Frederic Ozanam who dedicated his life to improving social conditions for the poor and disadvantaged. He established the Society as a practical way for members to put their faith into action.
The Society provides a nationwide network of support for people. There are 135 Conferences working throughout New Zealand with around 6,000 members, including many young people who are actively involved in the Vinnies’ work. There are also more than 60 shops which provide funds for the works of the Society – providing food parcels, furniture, bedding, firewood, clothing, school lunches and grocery vouchers.
Our mission of charity and justice relies on the wonderful generosity and compassion of many volunteers, donors and supporters. Donations to assist the work of the Society are very welcome. The Society offers support to all those in need, irrespective of race, colour and creed.
You can help keep the Society’s work alive by joining a local Conference, making a donation or supporting our works.
We are very grateful for any support you can give us.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a long and proud history of helping people in need in New Zealand.
In the 150 years since the Society has been in New Zealand it has in practical ways helped many thousands of people, easing their needs of many types.