The Society provides emergency financial assistance to Annapolis residents for rent, utilities, medicine, food, work- or medical-related transportation, and funerals. We also provide counseling and coordination of local social services. For many poor and desperate people in the area, we are the charity of last resort. Approximately 1,000 families receive assistance annually.
Clients eligible for financial assistance must present personal identification, be interviewed by a volunteer, and demonstrate a genuine need with appropriate documentation such as an eviction notice.
The Society undertakes larger, unique projects as deemed appropriate by its members and in accord with its resources. Sometimes this consists of providing continuous assistance to a family over a period of six to eighteen months in hopes that our support will lead to a permanent improvement in the family’s living situation. On occasion, we also provide funds for capital expenditures that directly benefit the poor.
In addition to these services and activities, a major project of the Society is the Holiday Sharing Program. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we deliver food baskets to the homes of 500 needy families. At Christmas, we also collect presents for the children.
The Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Employer ID 52-2181931), signifying that it is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Maryland as exempt from income tax. We receive funds from direct donations, a portion of the poor box collection at St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Church, and from a special appeal at Thanksgiving and Christmas to support the Holiday Sharing Program.
The Society is staffed entirely by volunteers. Administrative and operational costs comprise 1% of expenditures. Therefore, 99% of all funds goes directly toward assisting our clients.
The Annapolis Conference is a member of the Baltimore Council and is affiliated with the national and international St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The Society, under the banner of St. Mary’s Church, is a founding and sustaining member of the Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization which operates The Light House Shelter
, an emergency shelter for men, women and children. The shelter is located at 10 Hudson Street in Annapolis. The Society contributes from its resources a monthly stipend in support of the shelter and annually donates nonperishables to the shelter food pantry. Moreover, the Society is a faithful supporter of the shelter fund-raisers. Two Society volunteers are primary and alternate members of the AAMI Board of Directors.