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Coastal Community donates $25,000 for flood relief

Credit Union supports United Way British Columbia and Canadian Red Cross initiatives
Allyson Prescesky, left, senior manager of community and communications for CCCU presents cheque to Kristina Gebhard, fundraising and donor relations manager, corporate relations for United Way British Columbia. (Photo submitted)

Coastal Community Credit Union presented a pre-Christmas gift of $25,000 to help British Columbians impacted by the recent flooding, mudslides and power outages.

Of the total, $15,000 went to United Way British Columbia, Central and Northern Vancouver Island region, to support much-needed community rebuilding and recovery services. Another $10,000 was provided to the Canadian Red Cross to help provide humanitarian assistance to all affected areas in BC.

The CCCU has a branch in Chemainus.

“Our hearts are with everyone impacted by these devastating storms,” said Allyson Prescesky, senior manager, community and communications for CCCU. “We’re joining credit unions across the country in encouraging people to support the Red Cross’ flood relief and recovery work throughout the province. There’s no better way to do that than by making our own donation.”

The CCCU is as an Island-based organization with deep roots in local communities and Prescesky noted it’s important to help Islanders deal with the aftermath of the recent floods. “We chose to donate to the Central and Northern Vancouver Island chapter of the United Way to support their work in helping our Island communities recover from these severe storms.”

“CCCU deeply cares about our Island communities and we want to thank them for this incredible gift in this time of need,” said Signy Madden, regional director, community impact and investment, United Way British Columbia – Central and Northern Vancouver Island region. “Their contribution will help us address important social needs like shelter, food assistance, trauma and mental health supports, and the rebuilding of social infrastructure – and will stay right here on Vancouver Island.”

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