By Abby E. Schachter
The West Island Assistance Fund (W.I.A.F), first created in 1966; has been assisting people in need for over forty-five years. Their visionary goal being the “Elimination of food and economic insecurity in the West Island, while supporting self-sufficiency…”
The program is part thrift store, food bank and used furniture store. According to W.I.A.F spokespersons, the organization offers their clients food, “Whenever the need arises.” Dispensing over $300,000 worth of services on an annual basis, the assistance fund also provides furniture, household goods, and clothing to those who are unable to afford such commodities.
W.I.A.F has also been organizing the distribution of Christmas baskets for the West Island region since 2005.
The organization helps any persons or families in need. This includes crisis situations such as fires, floods and other emergency circumstances in which people are lacking essential goods.
Right now the W.I.A.F community is urgently seeking volunteers who will be able to offer a couple hours of their time or even just a day’s work. Clothing contributions are also needed for the thrift store.
Director Suzanne Tremblay can be reached at Suzanne.email@example.com or  683-0456.
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