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Partner Spotlight: Meet The District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul

August 5, 2015

The District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a national organization that offers person-to-person service to individuals in need.

While the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has numerous locations in the United States, the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an individual corporation that represents Dane County, WI. The sale of donated goods in seven Madison-area thrift stores helps to fund the Society’s charitable work.

The organization has been fundraising with Planet Green since 2013 and has raised almost $4000. Today, the processing manager, Sarah Dailey, tells us a little bit more about her organization and experience with Planet Green.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about your organization?

The District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization in which members are joined in friendship to grow spiritually by providing person-to-person services to people who are in need, suffering or forgotten.

The Society began working in Madison in 1925 with two parish-based groups of members serving their neighbors in need. Today, the sales of donated goods helps fund the Society’s charitable work in Dane County.

At its Center for Vincentian Charity in Madison, the Society operates a large customers-choice food pantry and a charitable pharmacy, distributes vouchers for bedding, furniture and clothing; and supplies other forms of emergency aid to local people in need. The Society offers housing programs for men, women and children in Madison. All services provided by the Society are offered without regard to religious affiliation or beliefs of those assisted. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization.

Please Note: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the longest-serving charitable organizations in the world. The Society was founded in 1833 in France by six university students. Committed to offering person-to-person service to people who are poor, suffering or forgotten, the Society those young people founded rapidly spread across Europe, reached the United States by 1845 and was operating in Milwaukee by 1848.

 

Working for Nine Decades to Alleviate Local Poverty

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  1. Why are you fundraising with Planet Green?

Quite honesty, we didn’t look at it this program as a “fundraising” opportunity, but rather as an income stream to support our charitable services.

  1. How long have you been fundraising with Planet Green? How much have you raised so far?

We’ve been working with Planet Green for almost 3 years now. To date, we’ve raised $3,988.54.

  1. How did you hear about the program?

After collecting hundreds of empty cartridges and cell phones via our recycling program, it became apparent that we needed a solution to properly dispose of them, while still generating an income. As we were searching the web for a solution, we found out about the Planet Green fundraising program.

  1. How has your experience been so far?

The experience has been great so far. The website is easy to navigate, and the ability to print out our own pre-paid shipping labels is a wonderful bonus. The only down side is the requirements to send toner are too labor intensive for us, as we lack the resources to look each one up individually.

  1. What do you think about remanufactured ink cartridges?

I think that it’s a great idea! Everyone should do their best to be environmentally friendly. Using any recycled product is always the best option. When possible, we also try to use recycled ink at all our locations if they are compatible with our needs.

  1. What are your recommendations for anyone who’s considering the program or is new to it?

Planet Green is a one-stop company that is very easy to work with. The website is very intuitive and user-friendly. The ability to print pre-paid shipping labels from the computer is a nice plus. The numerous times we’ve called for help, we were able to speak directly with a representative, who has always been pleasant. Problems are never left unanswered. I would highly recommend Planet Green to all businesses that want to make an impact on the planet and their sales.

  1. Do you have any concerns about the environment, e-waste, etc.?

We do our very best to make good sustainable decisions in regards to recycling. In addition to recycling ink and cell phone, we also recycle plastic, metal, cords, hazmat materials, glass, cardboard, computers, small appliance, electronics and textiles. The smaller the footprint, the better it is for the planet.

  1. Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for the services you offer.

The one drawback I would point out is the recycling of the toners. The process is not very user-friendly; as such we’ve had to start using a local company here in Madison. Perhaps in the future the process will change, and Planet Green would be our only vendor for everything.

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