Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul calls for an end to dumping on property | Local News
Uniontown St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers are frustrated with people throwing broken items into them, prompting workers to spend time cleaning up instead of helping those in need.
“It’s almost turned weekly lately,” said Dr Ron Sheba, chairman of the organization’s board.
On Thursday morning, Sheba found several large items dumped along the fence at the entrance to the parking lot of the nonprofit North Mount Vernon Avenue.
Items included wet mattresses, a dresser with broken drawers and an armchair without a cushion. A large sofa without cushions was left in the middle of the parking lot near the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul retail store.
“People are pretty cheeky sometimes,” Sheba said.
He said that when they set up a blue metal donation box along the same fence, people would throw real garbage inside the box, and whatever was not thrown inside. was thrown outside the box.
After moving the box, people continued to throw objects at the fence.
“We even had signs that said ‘No dumping’, and they threw them away,” Sheba said.
Any items that are not properly donated can get wet, and if broken they should be thrown in a dumpster, taking away work and time from an already understaffed group of volunteers. Then, the organization must pay to have the dumpster emptied.
“These are people who could do good, not clean up a mess,” Sheba said of the volunteers. “It also costs us money, and we’re supposed to be there to help those who need it. “
Bernadette Oberlechner, director of operations for the Société Saint-Vincent de Paul, said the continued act of throwing out broken or unusable items is heartbreaking.
“It’s sad, so sad,” she said. “They need to understand that our goal here is to serve the community in need. “
Sheba said the Uniontown Police Department had been contacted about the incidents.
Lt. Tom Kolencik said anyone caught dropping off items not in accordance with organization policy could face a charge of littering or scattering litter, which can result in a fine and loss of property. ‘a driving license.
“The best thing to do is to call ahead and check what the policies and hours of operation are,” Kolencik said.
According to the website of the Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (stvincentdepauluniontown.org), household items cannot be accepted after hours of operation and items cannot be left in the open as they could be vandalized. Broken and soiled items are not accepted.
To donate lightly used furniture and / or appliances, details are available by calling the Company’s Furniture Store Coordinator at 724-439-9188, ext. 211. Arrangements for collection may also be made.
Sheba is asking anyone who might have information on those throwing the items to contact the police at 724-430-2929.