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Posted: December 19, 2017

USW Humanity Fund helps region’s Food Banks

Cranbrook Food Bank Director Gerry Oviatte; USW Chair – Heritage Credit Union Castlegar, Cheryl Buday

Five Kootenay-Columbia food banks supported

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-405 in conjunction with the USW Humanity Fund has announced its support of over $5,500 to food banks in the East and West Kootenay.

USW 1-405 members in Radium Hot Springs, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Elkford, Skookumchuck, Golden, Fruitvale, Nelson, Rossland, Crawford Bay and Castlegar all contribute to the Steelworker Humanity Fund of between $0.01-$0.02/hour worked annually.

The Humanity Fund’s mandate is to combat poverty in our communities as well as support catastrophic events that devastate our communities in Canada and around the world, including a $100,000 donation to the B.C. Red Cross this past summer to help those most affected by the forest fires in B.C.

Columbia Valley Food Bank Director Kelsey Prichard; USW Local 1-405 Financial Secretary Jeff Bromley

USW members in Trail (USW Local 480; USW Local 9705), Sparwood (USW Local 9346) and Elkford (USW Local 7884) also contribute to the USW Humanity Fund and support the Trail, Sparwood and Elkford Food Banks.

The USW Humanity Fund is now in its 32nd year of Steelworker members helping in their communities. Over 1,200 USW Local 1-405 members in the East and West Kootenay contribute to the Steelworker Humanity Fund.


Lead image: Bottom Right: Cranbrook Food Bank Director Gerry Oviatte, USW Local 1-405 Executive Assistant Veronica Tanner (USW Safety School 50/50 donation of $300). USW Local 1-405 Photos

Middle Left: USW Steward Jeff Dean – City of Kimberley; Helping Hands Food Bank Kimberley Director Heather Smith.
Pictured left to right; Top Left: USW Chair LP Golden Jeff Mather, Golden Food Bank Volunteers Susan Halvorson, Carl Trinkwon, Allisyn Heiberg, Laura Prather.

USW Local 1-405

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