Members of CUPE Local 27 hand over a cheque to the Downtown Mission in Windsor May 17, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Downtown Mission)

School board workers give Downtown Mission a boost

The Downtown Mission has received a cheque for $25,000 to support services for the thousands of people who turn to it for food, clothing, shelter, and other services.

The money over the next five years was donated by CUPE Local 27 which represents 288 members who work as custodians, maintenance workers, couriers, and a locksmith at the Greater Essex County District School Board.

“CUPE Local 27 recognizes how important it is to give back to those who need it most in our community,” said President Anthony Birley.

Executive Director and CEO, Ron Dunn thanked the union local for its generosity.

“The Mission serves a variety of people including women, men, children, the elderly, new Canadians — poverty is not discriminatory. It is all around us,” he said.

The Downtown Mission currently serves an average of 700 people a day. Last year, it served over 330,537 meals.