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Underwood Fruit Fire

posted Oct 21, 2017, 1:55 PM by Leslie Naramore   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 1:57 PM ]
October 18, 2017, Underwood Fruit Company was engulfed in flames. This fire created immediate job losses within our community as 283 employee was laid off for the foreseeable future.  

Washington Gorge Action Programs has set up a fund to help UFC employees and their families get through this difficult time. All funds received will be used in compliance with WGAP's policies and procedures to ensure families affected by job loss and their emergent needs will be supported equitably.  All of the money donated for UFC will be used to directly benefit UFC employees. It will not be supporting any WGAP program. When UFC employees come in for help, WGAP will verify that they were an employee and then any needs that they have can be taken care of. WGAP will pay bills on their behalf directly to the vendor. They can also utilize any of WGAP's programs such as the Food Bank. 

I was able to speak with a representative of UFC Friday, October 20, and I was informed that the biggest concern they're hearing from employees at this time is a fear of losing their healthcare. UFC is trying to negotiate with their insurance company but there are no guarantees. 

All of the jobs lost were minimum wage. This means that many of these families were already facing financial hardship. With winter and the holidays right around the corner these families are looking at a very bleak winter indeed. 

If you would like to donate, you can donate directly to WGAP by either bringing a check into the office or mailing checks to PO Box 805, Bingen, WA 98605. Please designate in the memo line that the money is for the UFC fund. You can also donate online at our GoFundMe page.

If you were an employee who lost their job you can either come into our Bingen office or call us at (509) 493-2662. 

Thank you for your support and please stay tuned for further ways to help over the coming months.  In times of need, the support from friendly hands builds community.