Montreal, June 19, 2020 – The Teamsters Canada Foundation donated $5,000 to the Parados women’s shelter last Tuesday. The president of Teamsters Canada and the Teamsters Canada Foundation, François Laporte, as well as the president of Teamsters Québec, Alain Michaud, presented the cheque.
The Parados is a shelter and support centre for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children.
The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the dangers faced by women and children who live with abusive partners. Lockdowns have forced them to stay with their attacker during the pandemic. It is expected that requests for help will rise in the coming weeks as restrictions are lifted.
Even before the pandemic, demand for accommodation already exceeded capacity at shelters like Parados. The need is expected to be great in the coming weeks and months.
Teamsters encourage members to donate to Parados or to other shelters.
The Teamsters Canada Foundation has donated $300,000 to several charities across the country.
“Canadians are showing remarkable solidarity and generosity,” said François Laporte, Chairman of the Teamsters Canada Foundation and President of Teamsters Canada. “We have a duty to act when we can help our fellow citizens, and that’s what we’re doing alongside all our partners across Canada.”
Funds raised by the Teamsters Canada Foundation through its charitable activities come from private donations, not from the dues of Teamsters members. The Canada Revenue Agency also requires that foundations donate funds directly to charitable organizations rather than individuals.
The mission of the Teamsters Canada Foundation is to help the most vulnerable of our society through charities present in Canadian communities. The Foundation also supports workers who want to improve their lives by retraining or by taking courses to change or advance their career.