Dec. 10, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
St. John’s –The 1620 Electrical Workers (IBEW1620), a union representing utility and construction workers across the province, has donated $25,000 to support the Community Food Sharing Association (CFSA). Recognizing that Newfoundland and Labrador’s food banks are strained right now and that the Holiday Season sees many residents in the province struggle with food security, this local Union has stepped up to help.
1620 Electrical Workers is committed to community investment. This recent donation will help so many people and families fight hunger in communities across the province. Only last month this group donated $30k to a refugee family from Afghanistan through the Association for New Canadians.
“We are honoured to make this donation and play a role in the fight against hunger in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Don Murphy, Business Manager/ Financial Secretary for IBEW1620. “As a Union we want to take care of what matters to our members and work to enrich the communities in which they work and live. The Community Food Sharing Association has a far reach and we are happy to know that our donation will benefit families and communities across the province. We also know that this time of year is hard on so many people, so we appreciate any opportunity to give back and lift others up.”
The union presented a cheque for $25,000 to the Community Food Sharing Association at a press conference this morning at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s. Tina Bishop, from the CFSA was in attendance to accept the donation. 1620 Electrical Workers representatives were also joined by the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for Labour.
“We are so thankful for the kindness and generosity of the 1620 Electrical Workers union. Donations like this can make a significant difference to those in need, who are navigating food insecurity, poverty and other challenges.” said Eg Walter, General Manager for CFSA. “We manage the collection and distribution of food through 54 food banks to more than 10,700 children, women, and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Without the support from organizations like 1620 Electrical Workers, this would not be possible.”
1620 Electrical Workers is a part of IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. IBEW currently has over 84 Local Unions across Canada alone. Local 1620 specifically, located in Newfoundland, Canada, has utility and construction members on the job across the province working with Newfoundland Power, Collier’s International, Lower Churchill Project and Outside Line Construction. Some of our construction partners currently include Locke’s Electrical, Black and McDonald, and Pennecon Industrial Limited.