To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to acknowledge the receipt of a grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Fund to support our Food Pantry.
Established in 1962, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is driven by a vision for a stronger, more just, and resilient Granite State. In pursuit of this vision, the foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; connects donors to effective organizations, ideas and people; and leads and collaborates on important public issues. Annually, the foundation awards nearly 5,000 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in communities across the state through its staff, board of directors, and eight regional advisory boards. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.
The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is one of the largest in the state of New Hampshire. The pantry provides food for approximately 370 households and over 1,000 individuals each month. In addition, the pantry also provided over 800 turkey baskets last Thanksgiving.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Laconia has been active in the Lakes Region since 1991 and will mark its 25th anniversary in 2016. In addition to its Food Pantry, the Laconia Conference also operates a Thrift Store that provides about $20,000 annually in free clothing and furniture, a financial assistance program that helps with over $110,000 in direct assistance, the Children's Foundation that provides school related to area children , and a prison ministry. The conference is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit. In its entire history, it has never paid any wages or salaries. For more information or to volunteer, please contact me at 524-5470 or visit their website at http://www.stvdplaconia.org/.
Erika Johnson, President
St. Vincent de Paul Society - Laconia Conference
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