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Make a difference in the lives of children by helping the Vancouver Firefighters provide brand new coats to local children living in poverty. Firefighters for Operation Warm is a national partnership designed with one goal in mind – provide brand new, American-made coats to children in need across the United States where over 15 million children live in poverty.

Vancouver Firefighters Community Assistance Fund

Firefighters Care, Vancouver Firefighters Community Assistance Fund, mission is to provide immediately available short-term charitable support to people we encounter during emergency and non-emergency situations.

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Vancouver Firefighters Community Assistance Fund

The primary purpose of the VFCAF is to provide small grants to assist community members who face a temporary or urgent need for assistance. 
A few examples of situations where these funds might be used:

  • Following a fire in which a family of four with no renters insurance has lost everything, we provided money to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner to get them through the day.

  • To help provide cab fare so that a family member can get to the hospital to be with their loved one.

  • To buy groceries for a single mother who has no other means of support at the end of the month and who needs to stay home to care for a sick child.

  • To purchase non-slip tape for an elderly person’s stairs to help prevent another fall.

  • To replace a ruined coat for a passerby who stopped to render aid to a person hit by a car.

  • Donations to the meals-on wheels program, Red Cross and Operation Warm(coats for kids).

The VFCAF is a Washington State non-profit corporation (Washington UBI#602943843). Our IRS Employer identification number (EIN) is 32-0286663. We are an organization and are recognized as a 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. 

2014 MDA Fill The Boot

General President Harold Schaitberger issued this statement on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision overruling decades of precedent in the case of Janus v AFSCME Council 31:

Washington, DC – “The Janus v AFSCME Council 31 case was pushed by forces that want to take away the voices of fire fighters and the power of all public employee unions. The intent is to handicap unions in our ability to improve members' lives and to weaken the political power of public employees.

“We know the potential negative impacts that could come from the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus, however we are ready to take the best punch and deliver some blows ourselves to those that want to see fire fighters and their unions weakened.

“While the Janus decision is another attack on organized labor, every attack can be turned into an opportunity, and we are determined not to let this decision hold us back from our important mission. The IAFF has operated successfully under Janus-like rules in right-to-work and non-collective bargaining states for decades. We have proven that you can have strong affiliates that deliver better pay, health care, retirement security, health and safety provisions and a voice in keeping their communities safe in these tough environments. 

“We represent more than 85 percent of all professional fire fighters and paramedics in the U.S. because we consistently demonstrate our value, through our strong affiliates, that being union fire fighters provides a significantly better standard of living and safer working environment than those who are not union. We believe that difference will become even more stark, and we are working to represent that small percentage of fire fighters who aren't in our union so that we can raise their standard of living and increase their ability to have a strong voice in public safety. 

“This case was intended as a political push to eliminate the power of people who work to support their families and the power of their unions. But instead, the Janus case is activating an army of union leaders to better engage their members.”


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