THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay and Area Disaster Relief Fund, Rotary Shelter House Thunder Bay and The Dew Drop Inn received generous donations today thanks to local construction crews working at the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant. The construction crews have been working to re-mediate damage to the plant caused by the May 28th flood. Jamie Murphy from Venshore Manufacturing shares, “Forty guys on site pulled this together in two weeks”. The local workers and business owners worked together to make this generous donation work.
To raise funds, the group took up a collection and then challenged other employers and suppliers to match donations and contribute to the cause. John Jurcik, President of Venshore Mechanical Ltd. agreed to match all employee funds dollar for dollar.
The companies joining in this fundraising initiative include: Automation Now, Lakehead Insulation, Dynamic Painting, Kam Industrial, Digital Engineering, Secure Store, and Sky Way.
“The flood has affected our community in many ways,” said John Jurcik. “This donation is the effort of all the workers on site who wanted to give back. We all want to do our part to ensure that it’s a Merry Christmas for everyone in our community.”
The outcome far surpassed the goal and resulted in a $10,000 donation that will be divided equally among the three charities.
“The Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) thanks Venshore Mechanical and all the other companies who have worked so hard to raise funds for those affected by the flood,” said Wayne Fletcher, Chair, DRC. “The support of our community has been tremendous.”
The donation to Rotary Shelter House Thunder Bay will help to ensure that people in need have access to food, shelter and clothing.
There were four trucks of supplied dropped off to the local charities, and because the food purchased was also assisted by Scaf’s here in Thunder Bay by selling the food at wholesale prices by the time the entire total value gets added up, local charities benefit by about $18,000
Dew Drop Inn delivers nourishing meals 365 days a year to hungry people in Thunder Bay. This donation will help provide food and supports to those in need.