UFU members and career firefighters show support for the Salvos
On Thursday 10 October, on World Homeless Day, approximately 40 off-duty UFU members (and two spouses!) as well as several on-duty crews attended the UFU Soup Kitchen and BBQ Stand to raise awareness about the growing homelessness crisis in Melbourne and to highlight the important work of the Salvation Army.
Over the course of the day, from 11AM until 8.30PM, UFU members served over 200 warm meals to members of the Salvation Army community. Additionally, members were able to engage in conversation with members of the Salvation Army network as well as the public.
Each day, the Salvos reach out to over 250 community members in Melbourne and provide a meal to between 120 to 200 people at each meal time. Organisations like the Salvos have long been reporting the increase in demand in services that they provide however the crisis is not as visible to those who don’t work in the field. The Salvos extend their sincere gratitude to all UFU members who attended on the day.
Thank you to each and every member – and their spouses who attended – for their contributions on the day. The Salvos are incredibly grateful for your work. As a Union, we are proud of the community-minded spirit of so many of our members and how this translates beyond the fire services.