SURREY, B.C. – LiUNA Local 1611, located in Surrey, B.C. is donating $20,000 to the United Way’s wildfire relief campaign and will give additional support to union members impacted by the Okanagan wildfires.
In addition to the $20,000 for the United for BC Wildfire Recovery Fund, which will be matched dollar for dollar by Interior Savings and Gulf & Fraser credit unions, Local 1611 is providing $10,000 each to any member whose home was lost due to fire, and $1,000 to any member forced to evacuate, a LiUNA Local 1611 release stated.
“These fires have ravaged homes and properties, destroying physical structures along with the sense of security people should feel in the communities where they live,” Local 1611 business manager and secretary-treasurer Nav Malhotra said. ““We wanted to do something to help our members through this time, and also contribute to the wider appeal because it’s just the right thing to do.”
The United for BC Wildlife Recovery Fund will support individuals displaced or who have lost housing, belongings and/or employment, have suffered physical or mental health trauma, as well as provisioning for health and safety education.
The funds are provided through Local 1611’s Critical Action in Response to Emergencies (CARE) committee, established following previous severe weather events.