St. Vincent helps Hilbert community
By Faye Burg
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Clothing is just part of what is offered at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Hilbert as books, collectibles, dishes, cookware, small appliances, shoes, clothing, furniture and a variety of unique items are also for sale at low prices.

St. Vincent de Paul of Hilbert has been a major force in helping people in need in the community since 1998.

Originally located on Main Street in Hilbert, the store has been in their current location since it was built in 2001.

Chuck Peters serves as president of the board that runs the store with the assistance of two managers and approximately 55 volunteers who help the store run smoothly. Volunteers perform everything from organizing to marking items for sale. “We’re here to help anyone who needs help,” Peters said. “That’s what we do.”

“With the abundance of donations we have been blessed with and our expansion project we are in need of more volunteers,” Peters explained. “Volunteer hours are flexible and even a few hours a week helps us achieve our goal of helping those in need in the community.”

Donations can be dropped off 24 hours a day at the drop-off shed which is located at the back of the store. Store staff will provide pickup services if requested.

According to Manager Joann Kopack, the recently acquired former meat market located next door will be a great addition providing storage for the store’s truck, fork lift and seasonal items as well as any overflow.

The fully stocked store offers books, collectibles, dishes, cookware, small appliances, shoes, clothing, furniture and a variety of unique items. “We are here to help the community and we participate in the community,” Kopack explained. “We get referrals from Calumet County and people will come in. We give clothing, furniture and help in whatever way we can.”

Kopack has been serving with St. Vincent de Paul for three years and is also treasurer on the board that oversees the store’s operation. “I retired and wanted something to do.”

“It is rewarding seeing that you’re helping people and making a difference,” Kopack added.

“This is a full-time job, but it’s wonderful to be able to help people,” Peters said.

St. Vincent de Paul is open Mondays 6 to 8 p. m., Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p. m., Wednesdays 9 a. m. to 8 p. m., Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. and Saturdays 9 a. m. to noon. The store is locatedat463 S. 8th St. in Hilbert and staff can be reached at (920) 853-3449. Board President Chuck Peters can be reached at (920) 849-4859 or (920) 418-5075.