EMC News - For the third year in a row, Ottawa's branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Canada (ACORN Canada) was given a helping hand from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
OPSEU gave a donation of $5,000 for ACORN, a collection of community-based organizations that fights for the rights of the impoverished in cities across Canada.
Most recently, ACORN [Canada] provided free tax-return services and has been fighting for living wages and special diet allowances in government-based assistance programs.
" OPSEU's members provide a lot of services that ACORNs members rely on," said David Lundy, regional vice president for OPSEU. "We look at ACORN and see a group of like-minded community people who believe, as we do, people should come before profits and communities should come before corporations.
"We definitely put our support 100 per cent behind ACORN's drive to have a living wage in the City of Ottawa."
ACORN, on their behalf, was very appreciative of the donation.
"The donation was presented to us by OPSEU, which was deeply appreciated," said Wayne Mahoney, a volunteer with Ottawa ACORN.