Workers Assistance and Memorial Fund
While CTF has expanded into a wide array of services to California’s transportation community, one of the original reasons for the organization’s creation remains its most fundamental – supporting those injured or killed on the job with financial support. In 2013 two Caltrans employees and one Teichert employee were killed on the job, and a Caltrans employee was severely injured on the job. CTF was there to help with Fallen Worker Grants – getting money to the families quickly for things like flying in relatives to be with the widow or renting a hall for the funeral. CTF also establishes Workers Memorial and Assistance Accounts. When a member of California’s transportation community faces disaster losses, medical emergencies or death, friends and colleagues want to help. But in the immediate days after a disaster setting up a fiscal entity is last on anyone’s list of things to do. These accounts provide a readymade, audited fiscal entity to collect and disburse worker assistance and memorial funds. CTF matches donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000.
CTF also helps with the signing of memorials on State Highways to honor fallen colleagues by setting up an account so people can make tax deductible donations to fund the memorial signs. Two examples are the Donald S. Wieman Memorial Vista Point in San Bernardino County, and the Dana Cowell Memorial Highway Signage on State Route 12 in San Joaquin County. Both were funded through accounts set up with CTF-managed Memorial Funds.
During the difficult days and weeks after an emergency or death in the transportation community remember that CTF can help. To establish a Workers Assistance or Memorial Fund, read our Workers Assistance and Memorials Policy, click here and complete the form on page 2. Please send completed questions to Sarah_West@transportationfoundation.org. You should hear back same day. If not, call CTF at 916-489-1629.
Click Here to view pictures from the 2015 Caltrans Workers Memorial Ceremony