Apopka nonprofit feeling the heat after air conditioners stolen[Apopka non-profit feeling the heat after air conditioners stolen]
Two commercial air conditioning units were swiped from an Apopka non-profit this week. Apopka police are investigating the incident. (St. Vincent de Paul Orlando/Courtesy)
Stephanie Allen Contact ReporterOrlando Sentinel
Grinch steals Apopka non-profit's air conditioners for second time this year
A Grinch is making sure an Apopka non-profit has a warm Christmas — and not in the fuzzy feeling type of way.
Employees at the St. Vincent de Paul Orlando thrift store on Orange Blossom Trail said they came in to work Tuesday morning to find someone had swiped two of their 5-ton commercial air conditioning units.
That's the second time this year the store's cool air has disappeared.
Trace Trylko, executive director for the nonprofit, said it typically takes three units to cool the 13,000-square-foot building, but they were down to just two for a while after someone stole one in November.
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St. Vincent has a large retail space for the thrift store, and also provides food, home goods and monetary help to local families in need. It doesn't have a lot of extra room in the budget, but Trylko said they were able to replace the first air conditioner that disappeared.
Getting two more might be a little tough, he said. And the cooling system can't operate with only one, so until then the building will be warm.
"It's aggravating that it keeps happening and we only have so many dollars," Trylko said. "We have a security system and we have cameras, but they exploited an area where we didn't have them."
He said the air conditioners were in locked metal cages that the thief ripped from the wall, giving access to both units and the copper piping around them.
Apopka police said they're investigating the thefts, which appear to be isolated. The department hasn't received any other reports recently of stolen air conditioners, Sgt. Kim Walsh said.
Trylko said they're now working to install more cameras and better lighting, and will be filing another claim with their insurance company — something he's worried might lead to increased rates.
"If they folks would've just knocked on the door and came in during regular business hours we might have been able to help them," Trylko said. "It just stinks."
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ST VINCENT de PAUL Orlando
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2016
Kimberly AlbrittonSt. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Apopka407.firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Apopka Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Ho Ho Ho! Big Christmas Celebration Planned for December 16!
Apopka – The St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Apopka proudly recognizes its 10th Anniversary serving the Apopka and neighboring communities.
In commemoration of the Christmas season, the Store is decking the halls and celebrating with Santa Claus on Friday, December 16, 2016 from Noon until 2 pm. Children under 12 years old, accompanied by an adult, will receive a gift and the opportunity to share their Wish List with Santa!
“We’re so proud to be a part of the Apopka community,” Store Manager Kimberly Albritton said. “We’re so thankful for your donations that help us provide items through a Voucher Program to individuals and families in need of furniture, household items and appliances.”
In addition to the Voucher Program, proceeds from Store sales help keep the lights on and prevent people from being evicted. People in need of assistance may reach out to us at 407.880.3126.
The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Apopka is located at 770 S. Orange Blossom Trail 32703. The Apopka Store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 7 pm.
Learn more: www.svdporlando.org or 407.886.0940. To schedule a FREE pickup, please call the Donation Hotline at 888.986.4483.
About St. Vincent de Paul Orlando: Inspired by Gospel vales, St. Vincent de Paul Orlando, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in tradition of its founder, blessed Frederic Ozanam; and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
770 South Orange Blossom Trail Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: 407.880.3126/Fax: 407.886.0030/www.svdpOrlando.org
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ST VINCENT de PAUL Orlando
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2016
Trace TrylkoExecutive Director – St. Vincent de Paul Orlando407.312.4806e-mail: email@example.com
St. Vincent de Paul Orlando teams with car donation program
Program encourages donations of unused vehicles to help people in need
Apopka, FL – Central Florida non-profit St. Vincent de Paul Orlando is pleased to announce a partnership with the non-profit group Charitable Adult Rides and Services to provide donors with an opportunity to dispose of their old cars, boats, trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s, even RV’s, while contributing to the monetary needs that fund so many invaluable programs and services.
“Your vehicle donation helps provided much-needed funds that keep the lights on, food on tables and helps prevent people in our community from being evicted from their homes,” St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Executive Director Trace Trylko said.
Donors are comprehensively assisted throughout the donation process by receiving a free pick-up or towing of their vehicle and an opportunity for a potential tax break.
Donors are encouraged to donate a vehicle to support St. Vincent de Paul Orlando and receive a tax deduction. The process is simple; the pick-up is free. Call: 800.322.8284 or visit svdporlando.org
“Our donors are pleased with the strong support they are receiving from a well-respected organization, known for their customer service,” Nathan Martin, National Director of Fundraising Programs for the National Society of St. Vincent de Paul, said.
About St. Vincent de Paul Orlando: A part of one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, St. Vincent de Paul Orlando (svdporlando.org) is affiliated with an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents. SVdP offers a variety of programs and services, including: Home Visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, and assistance with transportation and utility costs. The Society works to provide care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly, as well as prescription medicine. Over the past year, SVdP has provided more than $955 million in tangible and in-kind services to those in need, made more than 2 million personal visits (homes, hospitals and prisons), and helped approximately 14 million people regardless of race, religion or national origin.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
770 South Orange Blossom Trail Apopka, FL 32703
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