2018 in Union News
“The town of Paradise is obliterated. Chico has become inundated with evacuees."
Such is the first-person account relayed by Jessica Westbay, a Chico resident, CSU employee and CSUEU Chapter President of Chico State.
Working with union staff, Jessica has been calling employees represented by the CSU Employees Union who work at Chico State.
With classes shut down until Nov. 26, Jessica has been volunteering her time helping the county from equipment purchasing to meal planning.
With 56 people dead and 130 still missing, California’s deadliest fire is only 40% contained. Exact numbers are not yet known, but CSU Chico faculty, staff and students have lost their homes and many are displaced. A co-worker from Paradise lost her home last week; she and her husband have been sheltering at Jessica’s house in Chico.
“This is a real tight-knit community and so is Chico State. People are really coming together to help,” said Jessica. “The only word that truly comes to mind is devastating. I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude so close to home.”
While good Samaritans are dropping off clothing in parking lots around town, the immediate need people have is gas and grocery gift cards.
To help, consider donating to Chico State’s Wildcats Rise fundraiser.
Proceeds will help support Chico State’s students, faculty and staff.
In addition to Chico, a number of CSU campuses are closed due to poor air quality: Channel Islands, East Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Stanislaus.
In Southern California, even though the Hill and Woolsey fires are being contained, the CSUEU community is still in need of our help. To donate, please visit:
For updates on campuses affected by California wildfires, visit the CSU webiste.
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