Early in the morning of October 15th, a fire broke out on the east side of the 4000 block of Cambie Street in Vancouver. Several businesses were destroyed beyond salvation. Others suffered extended smoke and water damage. In addition to the expenses that the owners will face before insurance assistance is available, staff of these businesses will also need help. Cambie Village would like to help with these merchants and their staff with immediate assistance as needed. In these tough times, your help would be very much appreciated. Please consider helping if you are able to do so.
Our office welcomes any questions or concerns you have about this fundraiser or the affected businesses.
UPDATE on October 16th: We've been asked to answer the following questions. Please see our answers below each one:
Update your fundraiser to include the following information in your story:
1) A clear explanation of how you know the intended recipients of your fundraiser's donations and whether you are in direct contact with them. ANSWER: All recipients are members of our organization: the Cambie Village Business Association. We are in touch with them. We will have full audit and disclosure of all funds.
2) A clear plan for how you will ensure the donations are delivered directly to their intended recipient ANSWER: Monies collected will be distributed on an as-needed basis to any of the business owners and their staff. All requests will be collected by our office, vetted by a subcommittee of the Board, and then funds will be dispensed.
3) Anything else that may help people better understand your fundraiser's purpose ANSWER: We recognize that businesses will be receiving assistance from their insurance providers. These funds are to assist with more urgent needs and / or requests that may not be covered by insurance. Example: a waitress who needs to pay her car insurance next week, but won't be getting paid or tips; and we know any EI applications can take a few weeks. Another example may be that a server cannot pay for her daycare next month since she's out of work, but not yet eligible for EI. These are just two examples. We are open to helping all affected parties as needed.