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St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County Joins North Bay Leadership Council

Petaluma, CA   St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County has joined North Bay Leadership Council as a member.  St. Vincent, a nonprofit, has a long and remarkable history of helping provide services to those in Marin County who are struggling to make ends meet and might not otherwise receive help.  Mark Wood, Chair of NBLC’s board, welcomed St. Vincent saying “NBLC embraces the nonprofit leaders in the North Bay like St. Vincent whose work makes such a difference in people’s lives.  St. Vincent brings an outstanding record of success in dealing with intractable problems and will make a great addition to our membership.”

St. Vincent provides basic assistance and serves free meals to people from all walks of life, including senior citizens, families, veterans, unemployed and the homeless.  All individuals have equal access to their assistance programs, facilities and employment opportunities.  Last year, St. Vincent helped more than 16,000 people, offering assistance in the form of free hot meals, rental deposits, utility assistance, social service referrals, and other vital needs.  Their free dining room is open 365 days a year and provides over 200,000 meals annually.  Their Homeless Help Desk serves over 1,400 clients each year.  St. Vincent’s volunteers also make home visits to help prevent homelessness. 

Since 2000, the Marin Council of this worldwide organization has been led by Steve Boyer, Executive Director, who will be the board representative.  Boyerreceived a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Under his leadership, St. Vincent has honored with the Beryl H. Buck Award for Achievement for Non-profit Organizations from the Marin Community Foundation and the Heart Tug award from the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.  His alternate will be Terry Hennessy, the Director of Community Partnerships. 

Boyer said, “St. Vincent supports the goals of NBLC members to lead on public policy issues like education, workforce development, affordable housing, and transit improvements. We look forward to partnering with the NBLC members on ways that North Bay’s communities can provide dignity and respect for all of their residents.”

During the past ten years the St. Vincent has partnered with well over fifty organizations including Adopt A Family, Canal Alliance, Canal Welcome Center, Community Action Marin, Helen Vine Detox Center, Homeward Bound, Legal Aid of Marin, Marin Interfaith Council, Marin Organizing Committee, Next Generation Scholars, Parent Services Project, Project Home Sweet Home, Ritter Center, Salvation Army, Transition to Wellness, Veterans Affairs and many more.

North Bay Leadership Council is an employer-led public policy advocacy organization committed to providing leadership in ways to make the North Bay sustainable, prosperous and innovative.  The Council includes 41 leading employers in the region.  Our members represent a wide variety of businesses, non-profits and educational institutions, with a workforce in excess of 25,000. For more information, contact Cynthia Murray at (707) 283-0028 or

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