There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government's pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
Vancouver (04 June 2018) — From April through June 2017, flooding devastated parts of the Okanagan, Kootenay and Shuswap regions forcing thousands of British Columbians from their homes. According to the B.C. Flood and Wildfire Review released in April, the estimated cost of flood response in 2017 was more than $73 million.
Donation to be matched by B.C. government
Just a year later, while many families and communities are still dealing with the aftermath of the 2017 flood season, the 2018 flood season is well underway in B.C. and across Canada and the early indications are that it will be similar in scale and impact.
It will be months before we know the monetary cost of the 2018 flood response. but already the needs are urgent, apparent and growing.
That's why the Executive Committee of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has donated $5,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in British Columbia to support flood relief efforts in the province. There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery, but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government's pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
The government's dollar-to-dollar matching pledge covers all individual donations made between May 16 and July 31.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE