Danville, CA, August 2, 2017― Local teens are helping St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, (SVdP), a nonprofit organization that helps those living in poverty, conduct the 10th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on September 30, 2017 to benefit Contra Costa County residents struggling with the challenges of poverty. The event starts at 9 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Danville.

Additional SVdP Friends of the Poor Walks will take place at:


St. Agnes Catholic Church
3966 Chestnut Ave, Concord, CA 94519

St. Paul Catholic Church
1845 Church Ln., San Pablo, CA 94806


All proceeds and donations from the events will directly benefit the people in Contra Costa County served by SVdP, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event. Anyone interested in learning more, participating, or making a pledge can visit www.fopwalk.org. Select Walk for “Contra Costa County” or a local church to participate. Participants also can make an online pledge.  SVdP is a 501-c-3 non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.


Services provided by SVdP of Contra Costa County include a Free Dining Room, Free Medical & Dental care for the uninsured, Daytime Homeless Shelter, Food Pantries, Clothing/Furniture for those in need, and Employment & Mentoring for those with barriers to employment.  SVdP of Contra Costa County operates a Family Resource Center in Pittsburg, 28 parish-based branches, and two thrift stores. SVdP of Contra Costa provides over 145,000 instances of help to county residents annually, and all donations from the Walks will remain in Contra Costa County to serve the poor.  In 2016, SVdP’s 740 volunteers conducted over 67,000 personal visits to our neighbors in the county who were in need.


SVdP is an international organization operating in over 150 countries. Over the past year, SVdP provided over $1.2 billion in tangible and in-kind services to those in need, made more than one million personal visits (homes, hospitals, prisons and eldercare facilities) and helped more than 23.8 million people regardless of race, religion or national origin.


Teen coordinators, from Alamo and Danville, include, (left to right), Dante Barsi, Griffin Hunt, Michael Barsi, Dom Armanino, Isabelle Frasca, and Sasha Williams.  Not available for photo was Mary Bridget Gallagher.