LIFESCAPE COMMUNITY SERVICES OF ROCK FALLS donates to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to thank Lifescape Community Services of Rock Falls for their generous food and monetary donation that was delivered to our food pantry on Tuesday, Sept. 21 by their representative Amy Ortiz.  Their donation is very much appreciated and plays an important roll in supporting our mission of helping feed the needy in the Sterling/Rock Falls Area as well as all of Whiteside County.

Neighbors helping Neighbors Virtual Walk/Run 2021

October 23, 2021 Designated as Circle of Giving

Continue the Circle of Giving by donating to St. Vincent de Paul Society through our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Virtual Walk/Run for 2021 now in progress through October 23, 2021.

Don’t miss the opportunity to become a SVdP friend and sponsor.

Your generous donation continues St. Vincent de Paul Society’s work of helping our neighbors in need in our communities. 

You may donate online at our website: or by mailing your donation to:  St. Vincent de Paul Society, 7 West 6th Street, Sterling, IL  61081.  Please reference your donation as Circle of Giving.

Thank you so much for your generosity!  We appreciate you as a valued friend and sponsor.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

You are invited to click on any of the buttons below to read more about the SVdP Virtual Walk/Run  2021 – Circle of Giving

Vincentians get in the spirit of giving through United Way’s Week of Caring

St. Vincent  de Paul Society – St. Mary Conference in Sterling, participated in the United Way’s Week of Caring  (Sept. 6 – 12) by volunteering at the Sauk Valley Food Bank on Sept. 9th filling food boxes and performing various other tasks.  The Sauk Valley Food Bank, started in 2001, provides food to various food pantries and other non-profit agencies in Whiteside County at a nominal cost.  Area gardeners and businesses, such as Selmi’s Greenhouse and Farm Market in Rock Falls, Mitchell Melons in Tampico, and Blue Freedom Farm Market, Inc. in Sterling, also donate to the food bank.  The Sauk Valley Food Bank handles more than 2 million pounds of food a year.

The Week of Caring, designed to connect volunteers with the needs of our community, offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and businesses.  The Sauk Valley Food Bank coordinated with United Way of Whiteside County and provided volunteer opportunities through projects at their warehouse location in Sterling.  The individuals in the pictures are Vincentians of St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Mary Conference in Sterling, working together to fill food boxes to be distributed to those in need in our community.  These Vincentians got in the spirit of giving by participating and staying connected to our community.  Through the Week of Caring coordinated by the United Way of Lee County and United Way of Whiteside County, projects are happening all across the Sauk Valley!

SVdP Annual 50/50 Raffle Ticket Drawing

SVdP Annual 50/50 Raffle Ticket drawing was held July 13, 2021 with SVdP President Fred Marruffo and Mayor Skip Lee drawing out the winning ticket. 

Ron Billiet is the winner of the SVdP 50/50 Raffle. Presenting Ron with the check is Sally Sandoval and Charlene O’Connor.    Ron received $3235.00.  He donated $1500.00 back to SVdP pantry.  Congratulations and thank you Ron.  

Thank you to the businesses that participated in selling tickets, everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, and those who donated money to SVdP.


For the month of June, SVdP assisted 183 families with food. It consisted of 433 adults and 167 children. In Financial Aid 44 families were helped. This could be in the area of assisting in rent, motel, utilities, gas and prescriptions. SVdP is grateful to the Whiteside County communities for their generous support.

SVdP Selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets

Pantry is selling raffle tickets for $5.00 each. Drawing to be held July 13th at the pantry. We will be selling tickets at the businesses below:

June 19th – Farmer’s Market 8:00 – 12:00, June 26th – Wal Mart 9:00 – 3:00, July 3rd – Farmer’s Market 8:00 – 12:00, July 10th – County Market 9:00 – 3:00, Also at the SVdP pantry during their working hours.


Assisting Families in May

For the month of May, SVdP assisted 143 families with food. It consists of 247 adults and 75 children for a total of 322. We helped 27 families with financial aid. This could be in areas of rent, utilities, gas, medications, and motels.

Thank you Whiteside County for your generosity of donations.

2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program

The Illinois Rental Payment Program is now open for landlords only.

ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application site is now open for applications. To apply, please visit the application site at

For more information, please visit