Thursday, June 4, 2009

Donations to Council suffer due to the lack of truck drivers


Usable donations tagged for the Society are not reaching their destination due to the lack of qualified truck drivers. And, considering the difficult economy, this situation doesn't bode well for this volunteer-based charity which has seen an increase in requests for assistance.

The Society's L.A. Council, which helps improve the lives of children and families through various outreach programs, depends on usable donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, vehicles and more to stock its three thrift stores, including its main store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in L.A.

Not only does the Society's thrift store enable customers to find needed everyday items at low prices, but store revenue helps support its skid row shelter, a camp for disadvantaged children and everyday assistance provided by more than 2,000 volunteers.

In an economy where employment is hard to find, officials at St. Vincent de Paul find it hard to believe that there aren't any qualified truck drivers who are in need of a job.

"We need two truck drivers who, not only, will be able to support their families through this employment opportunity, but also be able to help many others in need during these tough times through the donations they pick up on a daily basis," said Jim Bibb of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent de Paul currently needs two drivers who hold Class C licenses, have three years experience in driving a 24-foot Bobtail truck, can lift 50 pounds unassisted and is able to read a Thomas Guide book. This is a job that gives back and helps improve the local community.

Information: 323-226-1770.

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