CIBC's Valerie Fontes

CIBC's Valerie Fontes

Crisis cash courtesy of CIBC

Money will assist in training volunteers for follow-up recovery support assistance

Volunteer Emergency Social Services director Debra Chmara was pleased to receive a $500 cheque from Valerie Fontes of CIBC’s Castlegar branch on Friday, July 19.

Fontes has been successful in donating funds to this worthy cause for three years.

“I was able to apply for the funding under the CIBC Employee Volunteer Program,” said Fontes.

Emergency Social Services provides food, clothing and shelter for up to 72 hours in the event of an emergency (through government funding) and this money will extend the organizations ability to provide such services in times of need.

Chmara said the donation from CIBC will be put to good use in short order.

“We’re going to be using the money to assist in training volunteers for follow-up recovery support assistance on behalf of the Canadian red Cross,” she said.