The St Vincent de Paul Society – also affectionately known as ‘Vinnies’ in Australia – is dedicated to shaping a more just and compassionate society. The Society was founded in Paris in 1833 by a 20 year old Catholic university student, Frederic Ozanam, who was determined to alleviate the poverty and suffering of his time.

His vision extended to Australia 21 years later when the St Vincent de Paul Society was established in Melbourne in 1854.
 
HOW ARE WE INVOLVED AT OLOP?
There are a number of local volunteer groups around Victoria, known as Conferences, which provide face-to-face support and a ‘hand up’ to vulnerable members of their communities.  Our Lady of the Pines has one such ‘Conference’ which meets on the first Monday of every month.
 
OLOP volunteers visit people in their homes to provide support and practical assistance i.e.  food, vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support and back-to-school expenses.  Parishioners also volunteer by working at the “Vinnie’s” Ringwood store and in the Vinnies Soup Vans which deliver meals, friendship and support for people experiencing hardship. Every dollar raised at the Vinnie’s stores supports local assistance programmes.
 
Every time you shop at Vinnies you are helping to support people in your community.
 
If you would like to be involved in the OLOP Conference or just find out more information, please contact James Beckford through the Parish Office on 9841 8354.  
 
 
   
“Yours must be a work of love, of kindness,
you must give your time,
 your talents, yourselves”.
 

                                            Blessed Frederic Ozanam