A quarter of a million PLN for OPAK

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City of Szczecinek will hand over to employees of the factory “OPAK” that  burned down last week a quarter of a million PLN. This declaration was made by the Mayor Daniel Rak during Monday’s meeting with the company's crew.

- Considering that 250 people have lost their jobs virtually overnight, I think that this money should be paid regardless of the income criterion. We will prepare a special program that will allow for quick and effective action in this matter - emphasized the Mayor

This means that the funds will be transferred to all employees of OPAK and distributed through the Municipal Social Welfare Center (MOPS). First, however, the City Council will have to make appropriate transfers in the city's budget.

- A resolution on this matter will be included in the program of the next session. Of course I will recommend it. Everyone should care about helping the employees of the burned factory as soon as possible. Hence my initiative in this matter. Specific financial resources will certainly be needed, especially now, when 250 people are searching for new employers.

Additionally, last week the Mayor asked Olgierd Geblewicz, Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship and Waldemar Miśko, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Cities and Communes of the Parsęta River District (ZMiGDP), to intervene in this matter.

- They both declared a transfer of funds as well as conducting talks with local governments from the entire province, who could also support those in need. Each of the municipalities may adopt an appropriate resolution in this matter. I hope that the tragedy that took place in Szczecinek will be an impulse for us to show solidarity - said the Mayor.

Last week, a meeting with priest Tomasz Roda, director of Caritas of the Koszalin-Kołobrzeg Diocese, took place in the City Hall. Caritas secured, among others, fodd packages, the purchase of a school layette for children and adolescents and assistance in the implementation of pharmacy prescriptions, especially for the disabled.

An application point was opened at the parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (NNMP) in Szczecinek (religious education hall) which is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

It is worth to remember that the payment of funds for Opak employees in difficult financial situation started just one day after the tragic fire. People who would like to use it can turn to the Municipal Social Assistance Center (MOPS) at Wiejska Street in Szczecinek (room No 3 or 6) every day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.