Voice of the Poor

Belleville Council Committee Chairperson:
Father Clyde Grogan

Charity has two arms, one is direct service-the other is justice. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is profoundly dedicated to both. Voice of the Poor is an advocacy committee whose purpose is to seek justice for the poor by addressing the root causes of poverty. It operates across throughout the United States and at all levels of the Society. The emphasis of the committee is on policy and actions which harm the poor and the effort is non-partisan within the IRS guidelines for 501© 3 organizations.

The Belleville Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Voice of the Poor Committee is committed to being a vocal advocate for the poor. In recent months the committee has been active in many areas including:

  • launching two intense legislative letter writing campaigns to address the issue of increasing utility costs
  • advocating against Pay Day and Title Loans -a flier was developed and is being distributed for the purpose of education
  • attempting to help those caught in the mortgage crisis with information and referrals for intervention

The Voice of the Poor committee meets on the second Tuesday every other month beginning in January at the Mount Carmel Cemetery Chapel at 7 PM. Urgent, local concerns are brought to the attention of the committee as well as state and national issues of key importance.


Consider being an advocate for the underprivileged by serving on this vital committee!


Mission Statement

In the spirit of Christian love and justice, the Voice of the Poor Committee upholds Catholic values by researching, validating, documenting, advocating, and promulgating issues related to the condition of the poor and disenfranchised for the purpose of helping Vincentians to live their faith by acting knowledgeably and credibly as a unified body speaking with one voice for the purpose of building up the Kingdom of God.


Capwiz is an online advocacy tool that allows members of the Society to act as a "Voice of the Poor" by communicating directly to elected officials via email on poverty-related issues. The National St. Vincent de Paul Office creates "action alerts" to make it easy to contact federal. State and local officials. Capwiz also makes it easier to contact the media on issues of importance and to send original and prepared messages to reporters, talk show hosts and commentators. Capwiz provides information on how senators and representatives voted on the congressional bills selected by the "Voice of the Poor" Committee. Please take time to enroll in Capwiz. Just connect to the National St. Vincent de Paul website at http://www.svdpusa.com

By doing so, you will be able to contact your elected officials in just a matter of minutes and make your voice heard. Together we can make a difference!