MONTREAL, April 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Volunteers from Montreal's Blue Collar Union (Syndicat des Cols Bleus regroupés de Montréal SCFP-301/FTQ) will be participating in a fundraiser for the Accueil Bonneau today in 17 métro stations, in the morning from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and at midday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The volunteers, dressed in black aprons and caps with the insignia of the Accueil Bonneau, will be encouraging commuters in the métro to support this charity, which has been dedicated for 136 years to the social reintegration of people in a state of homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
« Merci chaleureusement aux Montréalais et Montréalaises qui s'impliquent et soutiennent la cause de l'Accueil Bonneau année après année. Cela contribue à maintenir les nombreux services de réinsertion sociale, dont l'intervention psychosociale, la fiducie et l'intervention de milieu, des services qui améliorent la vie de centaines de personnes chaque jour », soutient Aubin Boudreau, directeur général de l'Accueil Bonneau.
"We wish to offer our warm thanks to the Montrealers who are involved in supporting the cause of the Accueil Bonneau year after year. Their help allows us to maintain numerous services in social reintegration including psychosocial intervention, a budgeting service and local intervention programs. All of these services help the lives of hundreds of people every day," remarks Aubin Boudreau, executive director at the Accueil Bonneau.
"The participation of Montreal's Blue Collar Union in this fundraiser in Montreal's métro for the Accueil Bonneau is a concrete gesture of solidarity to help the Accueil Bonneau fulfil its mission and support people going through hard times. Our involvement with this organization is part of a long tradition of mutual aid. We want to continue, especially through the work of our volunteers, to give more hope for those in our society who need it the most," said Michel Parent, President of the Syndicat des Cols Bleus regroupés de Montréal SCFP-301/FTQ.
The fundraiser will take place in the following métro stations:
Numbers that count
In 2012, the Accueil Bonneau, with the assistance of 345 volunteers, served 302,500 meals (approx. 800 meals a day), provided 140 foot treatments, a roof for 166 residents in four different buildings, 764 haircuts, 5,000 showers, and 55,000 basic need items and pieces of clothing to 2,600 different people. Moreover, 212 people benefited from a psychosocial support and budget service, with thousands of meetings with homeless people contributing to their quality of life.
About the Syndicat des Cols Bleus regroupés de Montréal SCFP-301/FTQ
The Montreal Blue Collar Union was founded in 1944 and helps those in need through the Jacques Forest Charity Fund, created in 1995 in memory of a member who devoted all of his energy to members in need, as well as their friends, families, and other helpless members of our society.
The Jacques Forest Foundation passionately supports the communal and humanitarian causes of over 80 regional and international charities worldwide.
About the Accueil Bonneau
The Accueil Bonneau was founded in Montreal in 1877 and offers a wide range of services meant to facilitate the residential stability and social reintegration of homeless people, or those at risk of becoming homeless. In order to succeed in its mission, the Accueil Bonneau relies on a dynamic team of specialized counsellors who ensure psychosocial and budget support services for the homeless, as well numerous volunteers who dispense basic need services such as hot meals, accommodation and clothing.
SOURCE: Accueil Bonneau
For further information:
Geneviève Kieffer Després
514.982.0308, Ext. 210