CIF Extends Assistance to Irma Victims and Answers Industry on How to Help

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced today that its current relief efforts to Hurricane Harvey victims would be extended to Hurricane Irma victims as well.  In addition, a “How to Help” guide has been assembled for those wanting to assist those in need.

CIF is committed to working with all industry segments to deliver aid to those devastated by these storms.  The CIF’s mission is to deliver emergency relief directly to collision repair professionals.  CIF is calling on all shops, trade groups, equipment companies, paint companies, insurance companies and all other industry organizations that can assist in this relief effort.

To tell of the devastation, one shop owner shared that his shop was buried in over 10 foot of debris and still had 6-7 feet of water inside.  He lost everything, had no flood insurance, and more importantly, 30 of his employees are out of work with no income for themselves or their families.  Another manager at a dealership bodyshop shared that his painter and his family were air-lifted off the roof of their home with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.  We encourage everyone within the industry to support our efforts, EVERY dollar counts and will help your fellow industry professionals in need!

CIF was there after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy – and other natural disasters – to deliver aid to those professionals in our industry impacted,” stated Michael Quinn, Chair of CIF Disaster Relief.  “We have a dedicated group of volunteers that are working hard to identify those in need from within our industry and get them the help they need.  If you know of persons in need, please send them our way! And, if you want to help please donate at the CIF website.”