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Nonprofit that employs those in need looking for van donation from city

A nonprofit organization is asking the city of Ocala to consider donating a work van to help the group create employment opportunities for local residents in need.

Wear Gloves, Inc will come before the Ocala City Council in search of a surplus vehicle during the council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at Ocala City Hall.

“Wear Gloves Inc has been contracted with the City of Ocala for litter control in the city parks and on roadways since 2017. The 15-passenger van that was donated at the that time has been vital to the success of this program,” reads a letter from Ken Kebrdle, the Chief Operating Officer of the group, to the city of Ocala.

Wear Gloves in Ocala
Wear Gloves, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in the Ocala community.

According to Kebrdle, “it has become evident” that the 2002 Chevrolet van that was previously donated to the group needs to be replaced.

“Your donation of a newer van can make a significant impact by providing us with essential resources to further our mission and assist those in need,” reads the letter.

The vehicle that the city will consider donating is a 2006 Ford E350 surplus vehicle. According to city records, the vehicle has an estimated value of $7,400. The vehicle currently has approximately 62,292 miles on it.

City staff says the vehicle is 18 years old and has “reached the end of its useful life.”

The request comes just a couple weeks after Ocala officials approved surplus vehicle donations to Vanguard High School and the Florida Department of Corrections.

The Ocala City Council regularly meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).