July 14, 2017
Easy-to-Use SVdP Client Tracking Software: ServWare
The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that ServWare is officially a National Partner with our organization. ServWare is Vincentian-developed friends-in-need tracking software customized for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Councils, District Councils and Conferences.
“We developed this software from first-hand knowledge of the needs of our local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference in Dayton, Ohio,” said Mark Stine, co-founder. Mark’s wife Catherine recognized the need for tracking software, as so many Vincentians have observed, while serving her local Conference. They knew it had to be low cost, easy to learn, use 21st century technology and be customizable to meet any Vincentian needs.
“You can track services for friends-in-need from anywhere that has Internet access,” said Mark. Utilizing Amazon Web Services, the system provides excellent security and backup of data. The cost is very affordable:
• Conference/District Council: Set up fee – $75.00
• Monthly subscription fee – $25.00
• Address import – $200.00
ServWare can link Conferences within a District together. This linking enables Districts to easily view the activities of all their Conferences. Additionally, Vincentians can be assigned a particular friend in need. The system reduces fraud as it tracks all visits, disbursements and other friends-in-need experiences within your Council, District or Conference.
This system is getting rave reviews from many of our members, including chapters in Milwaukee, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas and Ohio. Detroit is piloting the system at this time. For more information, click here.
Through uniting in our purchases, the Society can save money. Help us to achieve national buying power at the local level! For a complete list of National Partners providing national buying power to the local SVdP Council or Conference, click here.
American Made Socks at Low Prices
The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that C&M Mills is officially a National Partner with our organization. C&M Mills manufactures and sell socks in the USA. In addition, C&M Mills is the primary distribution point of items from the internationally known Gildan Apparel Company, a manufacturer of t-shirts and undergarments, including slightly imperfect underwear.
Whether your Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a thrift store and / or provides socks and underwear to friends-in-need, C&M can help. Howard Lee Cohn, owner of C&M Mills, learned from an early age from his father Charles the importance of helping charities. “It is the right thing to do,” said Howard.
Howard is dedicated through C&M to helping our mission, passing on its overhead costs to the large retailers that sell their products, instead of to the Society. The company was founded by Howard’s grandfather Harry Luis Cohn in 1905. This long history benefits the Society. “All our equipment is paid for,” Howard added, “allowing C&M to offer the Society great prices.” The cost of men’s underwear, for example, is three pairs for $1.65. Shipping costs are determined by delivery location and the size of the order.
C&M is currently working with a few individual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Councils and Conferences and the reviews are very positive. C&M is described as offering great pricing, products and service. Check them out! For more information: contact Howard at 410-366-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle at 919-556-5630 or email@example.com. Through uniting in our purchases, the Society can save money. Help us to achieve national buying power at the local level! For a complete list of National Partners providing national buying power to the local SVdP Councils and Conferences, click here.
Vincentian Approved Point-of-Sale Systems Specifically for Thrift Stores
The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that Secure Retail POS (point-of-sale) is officially a National Partner with our organization. Secure Retail POS is designed to give thrift stores management and inventory control.
Secure Retail POS:
• Provides accurate reports in a timely fashion
• Reduces shrinkage, improves efficiency
• Manages specials
• Eliminates errors
• Provides pricing strategy
• Offers hang tags and sticky labels
Designed specifically for thrift stores, the system is simple to implement, user-friendly, affordable and provides a return on investment. Several Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores use Secure Retail POS already and provide good feedback on its functionality, ease of use and ability to professionalize inventory control. Societies currently using Secure Retail POS include SVdP Austin, Texas, SVdP Contra Costa, California, SVdP San Diego and SVdP Ottawa. “It makes everything so easy,” said Paul Kleypas, stores director, SVdP Austin. “Training was simple. The system is made for thrift stores. It makes for tighter inventory control and fewer errors, among other benefits.”
The system features bar coding, which greatly reduces errors and improves inventory controls, among other positive features. “I have heard so many times from Societies that a good point of sale system is needed,” said Karen Lanter, national manager of corporate and donor relationships. “This system is a good option to consider. For more information about Secure Retail POS, click here.
Through uniting in our purchases, the Society can save money. Help us to achieve national buying power at the local level! For a complete list of National Partners providing national buying power to the local SVdP Councils or Conferences, click here.