An initial donation of $15,000 from the Fondation Ed Brunet
Our region is once again dealing with a natural disaster, the consequences of which will be with us for a long time. To help low-income victims and the agencies that support them, Centraide Outaouais has set up the SOS Flood Fund, which is designed to meet both mid- and long-term needs.
As Executive Director Nathalie Lepage points out, “Many of the agencies we support have been hit hard by the current crisis, particularly in Pontiac, Pointe-Gatineau, Quyon and the Notre-Dame sectors. Some of them have themselves been affected by the flooding and others are working with limited resources to support flood victims on low incomes. They are all doing a great job, not to mention the Red Cross, the City of Gatineau, partner organizations and the many volunteers. The solidarity we have seen has been remarkable.”
The agencies in question provide food aid, field work, psychosocial support and relocation services for the people affected. Some of them have had to suspend operations because of the flooding. Centraide Outaouais is also contributing to the joint effort by coordinating the work of the volunteers staffing the donation centres in the Aylmer and Gatineau sectors.
“As we did when the tornadoes struck, once the Red Cross has withdrawn, our agencies will help those affected through the long process of material and psychological recovery,” notes Ms Lepage. “Hence the need to establish another fund. For SOS Tornado Fund, we raised $262,000 to assist a dozen agencies that will be providing services until 2020 to the vulnerable people affected by the tornadoes.”
At this point, individual and corporate donors and federal public servants have mobilized for the cause. “People are already contacting us to donate. We are grateful for their generosity and unfailing support.”
Centraide Outaouais wishes to thank the Fondation Ed Brunet for its generous donation of $15,000. “Ed Brunet et Associés has been a loyal Centraide Outaouais partner for over 25 years,” notes Ms Lepage, “and a community builder that shares our values.”
“Long after the waters have receded, these terrible floods will continue to have a devastating impact on people in our area,” says Raymond Brunet, president of Ed Brunet et Associés. “We therefore decided to contribute to the Centraide Outaouais emergency fund to provide direct help to the agencies that will be addressing major challenges as they work to assist the people is our own communities who have been affected.”
You can donate to the SOS Flood Fund at www.centraideoutaouais.com or by contacting Julie Brassard at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 819-771-7751, extension 240.