The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is structured in a way that regional Councils (usually paid staff), supports local Conferences (volunteer groups) in their efforts to serve the needy in their local communities. Each SVDP Council operates autonomously; however, all are bound by the rules of the National Council in St. Louis, where the first U.S. Council was formed in 1845. Additionally, each Council sets the rules and regulations for its Conferences based on the environment of their local region. Although each Council operates differently and offers different programs and services, the mission of our members remains central to growing spiritually through service to the poor.
The Central Council headquartered in Bethpage serves as the administrative arm of the Society on Long Island. As a resource and support hub, the Central Council provides Conferences with financial assistance to help them serve the needs of individuals and families in Nassau and Suffolk County. The Central Council also offers technical assistance, formation training, and organizes workshops and liturgies that bring together Vincentians for educational purposes and spiritual enrichment.