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AUPE Local 52 mobilizes volunteers, donates cash in support of flood victims

UToday HomeJuly 10, 2013

AUPE Local 52 makes a $5,200 donation to the SU Campus Food Bank.AUPE Local 52 makes a $5,200 donation to the SU Campus Food Bank.Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Local 52 at the University of Calgary are donating more than $20,000, along with volunteer work, to the southern Alberta flood relief effort.

The AUPE Local 52’s council, executive, and finance committees voted to donate $5,200 to the SU Campus Food Bank. Those funds will go to those directly affected by flooding — individuals and families from AUPE, Management and Professional Staff (MaPS), the University of Calgary Faculty Association (TUCFA), Alumni, students, and displaced Calgarians living temporarily in residence on campus.

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Local 52 will also donate $15,000 to the AUPE Flood Disaster Relief Fund for individuals and families left homeless or experiencing financial hardship because of flooding. “There have been members whose houses have been condemned and are now homeless,” local vice-chair Jean-Paul Arsenault says in a memo to membership this week. “People have lost a lot of furniture, kids’ clothing, food, and the list goes on.”

In a third outreach initiative, a group of volunteers will travel to Morley, west of Calgary, on Saturday to assist residents who suffered heavy losses.

Members help sort supplies for citizens of Morley who were affected by flooding.Members help sort supplies for citizens of Morley who were affected by flooding.Arsenault says he’s gratified by the outpouring of support from AUPE members responding to needs in their communities, churches, and neighbourhood associations. “All the people you have helped and continue to help greatly appreciate it,” he says.

Do you need flood assistance? Would you like to volunteer to help others affected by flooding in southern Alberta? Sign up under one of the flood assistance options offered to the University of Calgary community.

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