A serious leak in the roof is jeopardizing our operations at Community Clothing Assistance.
An Anonymous Donor Issues $25,000 Challenge to Repair of Roof for the Community Clothing Assistance Mission
An anonymous donor through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation has issued a challenge to help repair the roof at Community Clothing Assistance. Between now and October 31, 2019, this donor will match all new donations directed towards the roof repair at the Community Clothing Assistance up to $25,000.
Community Clothing Assistance is mandated to relieve poverty through the operation of a clothing bank supporting the homeless, people on assistance and those with emergency needs. In addition, Community Clothing Assistance provides clean, quality affordable clothing to low-income individuals and families through the operation of their storefront Clothing Center. The building housing Community Clothing Assistance was donated by Dr. Brian Scott in 2017. Since then, it has become apparent that the roof is in desperate need of replacement. David Andrews, Chair of Community Clothing Assistance Board is pleading to the public. “Our clothing bank is currently providing the community with about 6,000 pieces of free clothing on a monthly basis – we don’t want to have to stop helping those most in need. We are incredibly grateful for this anonymous donor and we are hoping the community will rally behind us to help raise the remaining amount needed. It would seem like a miracle – getting the roof replaced before the snow comes.”
The roof covers an incredible 10,000 square feet and total cost of the repair is $150,000 plus HST. The roof leaks in many places presenting a safety concern to staff, volunteers, and customers. Timing is of the essence to prevent further damage to the internal electrical installations, drywall, and ceiling. Every single rainy day increases the risk of new damage, both to the building itself and to the clothing stock needed to help the most vulnerable members of our community.
Community Clothing Assistance has secured $25,000 from the Port Arthur Rotary Club. The organization has also applied to the City of Thunder Bay for partial funding. The anonymous donor, through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, hopes the $25,000 challenge gift will help Community Clothing Assistance raise the full amount they need to repair the roof.
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Board Chair Community Clothing Assistance
About the Thunder Bay Community Foundation:
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation, established in 1971, actively promotes community philanthropy for the long-term benefit of Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. Our goal is to create a more vibrant, healthy and engaged community by building positive, lasting relationships between donors and the worthy causes they support.