Jan 142016
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Western Bus Sales is putting the final touches on our spiffy new Mobile Kitchen. The new Blue Bird bus now has the renovated interior installed and a completely modern dashboard and control console.  Weather depending the exterior graphics will be applied in the next two weeks. The bus will be put into operation soon after that.

Special thanks go out to these organizations, foundations, and corporation who have generously supported this effort: Meyer Memorial Trust  $125,000; Wal-Mart Trust $35,000; Clackamas County Small Grants $10,000; Spirit Mountain Community Fund $10,000; H.W. Irwin and DCH Irwin Foundation $3,000; Kinnie Family Foundation $5,000; Resurrection St. Vincent de Paul Conference $6,328.

Launched in 2008, our Mobile Kitchen reaches out to communities that lack free meal access and serves a free hot meal to anyone who comes aboard. It serves 150 meals a day on average.  The Mobile Kitchen also partners with other non-profits and professional groups to serve meals at events that provide free medical, dental, and other resources to low and no income individuals.

This program was created to address the need for free meal access in rural communities that lack the infrastructure and programs to address hunger. Since its launch in 2008, the Mobile Kitchen has expanded its service to Sandy, Estacada, Canby, Beaverton, Happy Valley and Hillsboro.

2016 New Year

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

St. Francis of Assisi

If you are 70 1/2 or older you can make a tax-free gift from your IRA before December 31st.

An IRA Charitable Rollover is a direct transfer of up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified charity such as St. Vincent de Paul. Because the donation is made directly to St. Vincent de Paul, you benefit because you do not have to count the donated amount as income for 2015 tax purposes. This is very helpful in excluding all or part of your required minimum distribution.

Contact your IRA administrator and instruct them to make the contribution from your IRA directly to St. Vincent de Paul, Portland Council. Our tax ID is 93-0456525. Call 503-234-5287 with any questions.

Bless you for your continued support.

Food treasure that is. Pirates from St. Vincent de Paul’s good neighbors Trackers Earth http://trackerspdx.com/ and a crew of shipmates delivered a treasure chest of food on Tuesday. It will go to good use over this holiday season. Trackers Earth offers camps and outdoor programs for all ages. They provide innovative education in nature connection and authentic outdoor skills to kids of all ages.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars tells donors that we adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and that we consistently executes our mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 4% of the Charity Navigator charities have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Society of St Vincent de Paul, Portland Council outperforms most other charities in America.

St. Vincent de Paul receives top ranking in 2015 for sound fiscal management, transparency, and accountability.