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As directed by the provincial announcement on April 7, 2021, SSVP Brant Thrift Store, 143 Wellington St., Brantford, is closed effective immediately. This applies to all facets of our operation – shopping, accepting donations, pick up and delivery etc.

The only exceptions will be emergency food assistance to those who reach out to us provided by our conference members – as that is allowed under the provision “providing service to the vulnerable”.

To those we serve in Brantford/Brant: if you require emergency food assistance during this period, call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area – to hear how they are adapting their service for you …

– Blessed Sacrament (Burford, Scotland, West Brantford) 519-865-1562
– Sacred Heart (Paris & St. George) 519-442-2465
– St. Basil (Central Brantford) 519-752-0243
– St. Mary (East & South Brantford) 226-208-6846
– St. Pius X (North Brantford) 519-753-9052

Stay Safe!


SSVP Brant Thrift Store Seeks a “Volunteer Coordinator” (Volunteer Position)

WHO WE ARE
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Brant provides emergency assistance to our neighbours in need in Brantford and Brant County in the form of clothing, household items, furniture and non-perishable food or grocery gift cards. The primary goal and purpose of the Society is to serve the poor, while promoting their dignity, making no distinctions of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions.

Our activity consists of visits in the homes of those in need by conference members who provide vouchers which are used to shop free at our Thrift Store. Over 75 volunteers work at our Thrift Store. We are funded entirely through donations (monetary and in-kind) and from the proceeds of sales at SSVP Brant Thrift Store at 143 Wellington at Clarence.

THE ROLE
As the SSVP Brant Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer Position) you will facilitate the human resources planning, recruiting, screening, selection, scheduling and development of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul volunteers in consultation and cooperation with other members of the store management team (15-20 hours per week, the majority of those hours on site; flexible on site/home). View our volunteer video.

WHAT MAKES YOU RIGHT FOR THIS POSITION?
• You have some direct or related experience in recruiting, screening, training and scheduling volunteers.
• You are detail-oriented and meticulous at gathering, maintaining and updating human resources data and records.
• You communicate comfortably and effectively orally, in writing and using technology (eg. Databases, Digital spreadsheets, Video-conferencing, Team Meetings, etc.).
• You are comfortable delivering presentations to small groups (orientation and training sessions).
• You enjoy organizing people and building positive relationships with people.
• You understand the importance of keeping volunteers informed about the organization and about opportunities within the organization that suit their skillset.
• You are effective at problem solving situations involving people.
• You are a team player and recognize the importance of consensus, collaboration and creativity when collaborating with volunteers and members of the Management Team.
• You are committed to maintaining an efficient and safe operation(proper health and safety procedures, etc.).
• You wish to develop, maintain and refine training materials, job descriptions, operational and health and safety policies and procedures.
• You can collaborate with the store manager to ensure engaging and meaningful experiences/events for volunteers resulting in a positive volunteer community/family.

Application Form

Applications will be received until Friday April 9, 2021.
• email: ssvpbrant@gmail.com
• mail: PO Box 23060, Brantford, ON N3T 6K4
• in-person: 143 Wellington St., Brantford

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.


Update: Bed for Every Child Program

In 2014, SSVP Brant established this program to assist those in need in Brantford and Brant County by providing new beds to children who were doing without. To date (early 2021), we have distributed more than 700 beds through the program!!

For details of the operation see this earlier post  A Bed for Every Child – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (ssvpbrant.ca).

Now we have great news for the future of the program! Thanks to a grant from Brant United Way we will be able to maintain the program through 2021. Yes, we are on the list at the bottom of this article Music program for deafblind gets Brant United Way boost | Brantford Expositor.

The usual fundraising activities in support of the program are primarily through BHNCDSB schools, especially Assumption College. The pandemic has severely restricted such activities. A few schools are persevering but the United Way funding is very welcome. We look forward to working with the schools and other local supporters of the Bed for Every Child program in 2022.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Brant Thrift Store Re-opening Tuesday March 2, 2021

Pat Lenz, President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Particular Council of Brant is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Thrift Store at 143 Wellington and Clarence Streets in Brantford. “The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our ability to serve our neighbours in need at our Thrift Store over the past several months. We are very happy to re-open the Thrift Store on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.” said Mrs. Lenz. The store will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am until 2:30pm for shopping. Donations will only be accepted on Wednesday from 9:00 am until noon. Furniture by appointment. Call the store at 519-751-0143. Learn more at www.ssvpbrant.ca or the SSVP Brant Facebook page. Email: ssvpbrant@gmail.com.

COVID-19 pandemic protocols continue to be in place for the safety and comfort of customers, donors and all of the staff volunteers. Face masks must be worn by all shoppers and volunteers. A reduced number of shoppers will be allowed in the store at any given time. Social distancing will be in place and sanitizer will be available.

The SSVP Thrift Store re-opening and day to day operations will take place under the direction of newly-appointed Store Manager, Kristine Paul. “I would like to welcome our shoppers back to our Thrift Store and assure them that our updated COVID-19 protocols will be enforced and are in place to keep everyone comfortable and safe.” stated Mrs. Paul.

Kristine Paul is happy to see some familiar faces, “We are looking forward to seeing our loyal Thrift Store shoppers again and to serving our neighbours in need when our store re-opens.” SSVP Thrift Store volunteers provide furniture, household items, clothing, and free food to our neighbours in need. To those we serve, if you require emergency items like those listed call the Thrift Store at 519-751-0143 and you will be referred to the SSVP branch in your area. SSVP Brant assisted over 1,900 adults and 1,200 children in 2019. More than $83,000 in grocery gift cards were distributed and 125 children received a new, free bed.

Thanks to each of our dedicated volunteers and regular customers for your ongoing service, commitment and loyalty.

Contact: Mrs. Pat Lenz, President, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Particular Council of Brant or Kristine Paul, Store Manager at ssvpbrant@gmail.com or 519-751-0143.


Update: December 28, 2020 – SSVP Brant Response to COVID-19 Crisis

As part of the current lockdown directed by the Government of Ontario, SSVP Brant Thrift Store will be extend its holiday closure indefinitely. When the lockdown is lifted by the province we will evaluate our operation, always with the goal of keeping all staff and customers safe and comfortable. At that time we will develop our re-opening plan. Stay tuned to this website and to our social media platforms for details.

To those we serve in Brantford/Brant: if you require emergency service during this period, call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area – to hear how they are adapting their service for you …

that is,

  • Blessed Sacrament- Burford, Scotland, West Brantford 519-865-1562
  • Sacred Heart – Paris & St. George 519-442-2465
  • St. Basil – central Brantford 519-752-0243
  • St. Mary – east & south Brantford 226-208-6846
  • St. Pius X – north Brantford 519-753-9052

If you are unsure which conference serves you, call the Thrift Store at 519-751-0143 (Its voice messages will be monitored.) or email ssvpbrant@gmail.com and you will be re-directed.

To our generous donors: we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and will again gladly accept your gently-used clothing, household items and furniture when we re-open.

To our loyal shoppers: when you return to our Store after this situation is resolved we will still have the “best prices in town”. Your shopping dollars support our service to those in need in Brantford/Brant.

Finally, to our dedicated volunteers, at the Thrift Store and the conferences: Thank you to those who are finding alternative ways to serve those in need while keeping yourselves safe and healthy. Thanks to each of you for your ongoing service and commitment. Take care of yourselves. We’ll keep in touch.