A major source of funds for the conference are the contributions received in the White Envelopes found in the pews. The St. Luke parishioners are most generous. Father Bob gives the conference the proceeds from the collections at the Ash Wednesday services. The conference has also received grants from the Trenton Diocese, Ocean First, Shop-Rite and the Monmouth/Ocean Food Bank. We have also received Federal grants for a commercial refrigerator and a freezer.
Two or three times a year, the conference sponsors events to raise money. Last year we had one bus trip to Bethlehem, PA , a Walk for the Poor and a Golf Tournament.
Last year several small fund raisers raised enough money to buy a backup electric generator to protect our refrigerated and frozen food against loss in a power outage.
The St Luke Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is registered on Amazon Smile as a non profit organization. For anything that you buy through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice — in this case, St. Luke Conference. You can shop Amazon as you always do except go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1482577 that will take you to our Amazon account. Note that the web page says “Supporting: St Luke Conference in the upper left corner”. Shop ‘till you drop!
The St. Luke Conference offers opportunities to purchase a personalized, engraved, brick to preserve your name, or that of a loved one well into the next century. Your engraved brick will serve to pave the walkway to Celebration Memorial Garden. Bricks are in three sizes and cost from $100 to $310 depending on size and engraving. Order forms are available in the church narthex and in the Food Pantry.