RedCrosscheque1United Way Greater Victoria has provided $10,000 in funding to the Canadian Red Cross to help displaced tenants recover from last week’s fire in the Traveller’s Inn.

“United Way is here to support our community in times of need, providing immediate and short term assistance while addressing long term issues, says Patricia Jelinski, CEO United Way Greater Victoria. “In a time of crisis we are pleased to be able to step forward when our community needs us most and as a long standing partner with Red Cross we know that the vulnerable citizens impacted by the fire at Travellers Inn will receive the support they need to move forward.”

The fire on March 21 completely destroyed the building. Red Cross volunteers will use United Way funds to help the vulnerable tenants – many of them seniors or on disability – with clothing, food, medication, transportation, moving costs, and other personal needs.

“We greatly appreciate our ongoing partnership with United Way Greater Victoria and all the other agencies that are coming quickly together to help those in our community when they need it the most,” said Gary Carleton, Community Planning and Response Coordinator.

United Way ‘unites’ the generosity of people – business, labour, government and individual donors – with the skills, knowledge and expertise in our community to help those in need. This collaborative approach is building a stronger, more resilient community to serve current and future generations.

Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs including shelter, food, assistance linking to local resources, information, clothing and household items. Red Cross assistance does not duplicate assistance provided through insurance, government or other agencies.

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Media contacts:
Andrew Hopkins, Communications Advisor
Canadian Red Cross B.C. & Yukon
T 604-709-6747
andrew.hopkins@redcross.ca

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way
T 250-220-7364 C 250-217-8698
patricia.jelinski@uwgv.ca