Win Trans Siberian Orchestra Tickets

St. Vincent de Paul is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to see Tran Siberian Orchestra perform at PPG Paints Arena on Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m. You can enter to win at the St. Vincent de Paul stores in Castle Shannon, Coraopolis, Swissvale and Monroeville or online.

Register to win


Grand Prize: 10

  • Ten winners will receive: (1) pair of tickets to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert at PPG Paints Arena on Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m.

Official Contest Rules

No Purchase Necessary

Eligibility
The Trans Siberian Ticket contest (The Contest) is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.  Officers, directors, partners, members, shareholders, owners, employees and agents of Steel City Media, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and, their immediate family (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members (whether or not related) are ineligible to participate in the Contest.

How to Enter
Register to win online via St. Vincent de Paul’s website or Facebook page … or at a St. Vincent de Paul store in Castle Shannon, Coraopolis, Monroeville and Swissvale. One entry per person per location/medium (you can enter at each store once and once online).  Entries become the property of St. Vincent de Paul and will not be acknowledged or returned. Contest ends at 9 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 22.

Selection of Winner
The winner will be selected by random drawing and will be notified via supplied email address or phone number.  In the event a winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of winning, declines the prize, or cannot accept the prize at the date and time it is offered, a random drawing will re-occur to replace that person.  Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.  Purchase will not increase odds of winning. Winners will be required to sign a liability and publicity release.  Identity of a winner is subject to verification.

Prizes
Ten (1o) Grand Prize Winner will receive (1) pair of tickets to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert at PPG Paints Arena on Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $180.00.

Conditions
Prizes are non-transferable to any other person, including relatives or friends.  Winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes associated with the prize, transportation to and from the game, and any other expenses not specifically mentioned herein.  No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prize(s) permitted.  No groups, clubs or organizations may participate in this offer or reproduce or distribute any portion of these rules or entry forms to their members.  Sponsors are not responsible if any game is delayed or cancelled for reasons beyond their control. By entering, entrant agrees to abide and be bound to these Official Rules and all ticket-holder rules and policies, and to hold harmless and indemnify St. Vincent de Paul, Steel City Media, and each of their respective officers, directors, partners, members, shareholders, owners, employees, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies against any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) with respect to or arising out of (i) entrant’s participation in the Contest, and/or (ii) from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in this Contest or any Contest related activity, including but not limited to any travel to, or attendance at, PPG Paints Arena.  Sponsors are not responsible for incomplete, undecipherable, lost, late, damaged, or misdirected entries, misdirected or faulty texts or for any technical problems, incorrect announcements of any kind, and/or hardware or software failures of any kind.  Incomplete entries are void.  Sponsors are not responsible for any human or other error that may occur in the processing of the entries, nor are they responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or failures of any wireless or internet service providers, transmission interruptions or failures on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof, which may limit a person’s ability to participate in this Contest or receive communication from Sponsors. Sponsors assume no responsibility for undeliverable entries resulting from filtration of an entrant’s Wireless or Internet service provider or for insufficient space to receive text or e-mail.  In consideration for being awarded a prize, each prize recipient hereby agrees and consents, without further authorization, compensation or remuneration of any kind, to the use of prize recipient’s name and/or likeness in any and all advertising, promotions and other publicity conducted by St. Vincent de Paul and/or Steel City Media. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual feared to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be found acting in violation of the Official Rules, or to undermine legitimate operation of the Contest. In the event Sponsors are prevented from continuing or completing this Contest, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Contest is undermined by any event or cause not reasonably within the Sponsors’ control, Sponsors shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Contest without further obligation.  If Sponsors, in their discretion, elect to abbreviate the Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, but not the obligation, to award the prizes from among all valid and eligible entries received up to the time of such event or cause. Contest subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.  Sponsors’ decisions are final.

Sponsors
St. Vincent de Paul – Pittsburgh • 1501 Reedsdale Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Steel City Media

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Events Around Thanksgiving

From Ricardo Luckow, Executive Director:

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should remind us of the benefits of “neighbors helping neighbors.” I am thankful for our staff, volunteers, customers, donors, clients and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! St. Vincent de Paul, Pittsburgh, would not be the organization it is today without you. As a supporter of St. Vincent de Paul, here are some events that may be of interest to you:

  • Black Friday Sale – Join us at our stores in Monroeville, Castle Shannon, Swissvale and Coraopolis this Friday for a 50% off sale at our stores (excludes mattresses)
  • Amen to Action – Feed your soul the day after Thanksgiving as we come together for the second year to worship and pack ONE MILLION meals of hope for the hungry at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 9a to 12:30p (register at Amentoaction.org).
  • Giving Tuesday – On Tuesday, November 27, we will be collecting clothing and other household items at the Richland Mall, Murrysview Shoppes and Donaldson’s Crossroads from 7a to 7p. Or, be the first to donate via our new, secure online form to support our mission of helping neighbors. – Donate
  • Shadrack Christmas Lights – Stop by our stores to receive a $2.00 off admission to the Christmas Light Show in Butler.

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St. Vincent de Paul featured in the Pittsburgh Catholic

Recently, the Pittsburgh Catholic published an article featuring stories about local Vincentians and the work that they do in their communities through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The article, written by Bob De Witt, also highlighted the need for assistance programs like those offered through our Conferences (i.e. food, clothing, furniture, housing, and transportation).

“Last year the Catholic lay association assisted 104,924 individuals in southwestern Pennsylvania…Supported by parishioners and other generous donors, they help with rent, utility bills, clothing, furniture and other items. More than 38,000 people received food assistance in 2017. Thrift stores sell donated goods at a low price, helping to raise money.

“Despite a low unemployment rate, the ranks of the working poor are growing” wrote De Witt. “More than 40 percent of Pennsylvania households can’t afford basic necessities, according to a recent United Way study. Between 2005 and 2016, the annual cost of utilities for an average home jumped 43 percent, as medical costs also continue to rise. Meanwhile, median income in the U.S. increased less than 3 percent over a decade.”

Click here to read the full article.

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Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

It’s nearing the end of May and, here in Pittsburgh, Spring has definitely set in.  The signs of the season are plentiful – the rise in temperatures, the increase in rainfall, the closing of the Mon Wharf on a semi-regular basis, and the looming specter of spring cleaning.

If you haven’t started your spring cleaning yet, know that you’re not alone and that we’ve got your back with some tips, tricks, and resources to make your cleaning experience less overwhelming and more calm-inducing.

Make a spring cleaning checklist

Checking items off of a list can be cathartic. With that in mind, we suggest creating a checklists for each room you’re going to tackle (that way you can recycle your list after you’ve checked everything off of it – even more satisfying!) Need some list making inspiration? We’ve created a template you can use to create your own mini spring cleaning checklists.

Start small

Starting small means making those room-by-room checklists (see above), but it also means not taking on the entire attic (or garage or closet) in one go – break it down by area or by task. You’ve got this – the attic will not defeat you!

Limit your time

Spring cleaning burn out: the best way to end up with only half of your house or apartment clean. This is a marathon, not a sprint and your house will end up in a much better state if you pace yourself and make conscious, active decisions on what to keep and what to throw away or donate.

Don’t go it alone

If you’re like us, cleaning isn’t exactly up there on your list of favorite things to do. But it doesn’t have to be a silent, solitary task that is occasionally interrupted by the sound of spraying window cleaner or the rustling of garbage bags. Make a deal with your friends – they help you get with some of your cleaning and you’ll help them with theirs! Or enlist your kids, spouse, or that cousin who owes you a favor. Put on some music and catch up, it’ll make the time and tasks go by much faster.

Identify the necessities

Whenever you start a new room or task, identify the items that you have to keep – both for practical and sentimental reasons. Make sure the necessities find a prominent or easily accessible space in your newly organized home or office. That way you can cut down on any frustration from having to find something you use often and you can increase your happiness quota by looking at something that brings you joy.

Declutter your workspace

Your bedroom and bathroom are important places to clean and declutter, but your workspace should also be pretty high on your list of priorities. Whether that’s your car, your home office, or your work office, give priority to the place that you most likely spend a bulk of your time. Clear the extra paperwork, go through that giant pile of mail that magically appeared overnight, dust, and disinfect.

Put away the winter items

We’re pretty sure winter is finally over (knock on some form of wood immediately). Now it’s time to pack up those bulky sweaters, scarves, and hats for at least a few months. Free up your closet space for sundresses and linen by boxing up your cold weather attire and banishing them to the attic, garage, or under the bed.

Donate your discards

You’ve made it to the end of a cleaning session and your closet or office is now a clutter-free paradise! Congratulations!

So what do you do with the boxes and bags of discarded items you no longer need? Donate your gently used clothes and household items to St. Vincent de Paul!

Drop off items at any of our thrift stores (locations here) or donation boxes (locations here). For larger donation pickups of furniture, call our Donation Department to schedule a home pickup (412-321-1071 x1). Your items will provide support to thousands of local individuals and families in need of assistance throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Decluttering and organizing your home can help to decrease stress and increase productivity, so get on it! You’ll feel so much better with a clean house & the knowledge that your discarded items will support those in need.

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2018 Earth Day Poster & Essay Contest Winners Announced

Last week, we announced the winners of our 2018 Earth Day Poster & Essay Contest! Our competition (now in its second year) asks every participating student to focus on their role as a care-giver of our world and to demonstrate their understanding of recycling and the benefits of reuse.

For this year’s competition, we asked students in 1st-5th grade to create posters illustrating the importance of recycling and how it can protect the environment. For students in 6th-8th grade, we asked them to take something they were going to throw away and transform it into something that would bring joy to someone else.

When we asked the 6th-8th grade students to include a reflection on why and how their projects would benefit someone else, we never anticipated the joy their responses would bring our office as well. Project after project provided a look into the empathy and consideration of each of the finalists. Here are some of the highlights:

“All candles can help you see. They can comfort others, some have a special scent, or they could just make a person feel joyful. I learned that most of the things we throw away could be used for wonderful things and might just change the world’s perspective of ordinary things.” – Amelia, 8th grade, St. Monica Catholic Academy

“Have you ever gone to bed cold? Probably not, but many people in our world go to bed every night being cold…I know I cannot help with their heating expenses, but I can help by giving them a chance to be warm when they go to bed…Jesus wants us to be good Christians so this is one way I thought I could be a disciple of Jesus by giving someone the gift of warmth, a blanket. Doing so, I hope I put a smile on someone’s face.” – Kaylee, 7th grade, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School

“This old raggedy T-shirt was able to be transformed into a dog toy, in order to bring joy both to pets and family members. Spending time with pets often helps cheer up people, and what better way to hang out with your dog, than to play with it. This dog toy can help my dad, and sisters, have fun with my dog, and give them something to play with her. She loves spending time with us, and we enjoy playing with her.” – Benjamin, 8th grade, St. Kilian Parish School

Twelve local Catholic Schools and more than 1,000 students have participated in this contest over the past two years, creating projects that were thoughtful, creative, and illustrated their understanding of the significance of recycling and reuse.

A special thank you to all of this year’s participating schools: Saint Thomas More School, Saint Kilian Parish School, Saint Monica Catholic Academy, Saint Anne School, Saint Gregory Catholic School, Saint Bernadette School, & Saint Louise de Marillac Catholic School!

Here are the 2018 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Earth Day Poster & Essay Contest winners!

1st-2nd Grade Winner: Corbin Cabana, St. Monica Catholic Academy


3rd-5th Grade Winner: Naomi Saures, St. Gregory Catholic School


6th-8th Grade Winner: Amelia Kilnar, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School

To see all of our finalists’ projects, visit our Facebook page.

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