St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church is located in the Jones Falls watershed in Baltimore. We have a long-standing green team and have taken on complicated projects to reduce stormwater pollution emanating from their grounds, including installing three bio retention practices to handle runoff from our large parking lot. This was partially underwritten by a $100,000+ grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which IPC and Blue Water Baltimore helped us secure. In fact, staff at the Foundation indicated that when they awarded the St. Vincent de Paul grant it was the first grant issued by them directly to a congregation in the Chesapeake that they could remember.

We have also led trash cleanups, tree give-aways and tree plantings, conducted an oyster bed cleaning and led IPC's "God Water Heroes" Vacation Bible School program. We also offer educational programs for our community throughout the year, such as Climate in the Pulpits in the fall. 

At Saint Vincent de Paul, we pledge in our mission statement to “To sustain the Earth, our neighbors near and far, the poor, the marginalized; To be healing instruments of justice and peace.” And as we show our love for our neighbors through our advocacy and our outreach programs, we likewise strive to sustain our planet through large and small efforts.

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