After a week of protests over pay and conditions at the charity care workers charity Bolton, Missouri, an outpouring of support has been pouring in from across the country.
The Bolton care workers care (BCC) Association, a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2015, is one of the most popular charity care worker charities in the country, with a Facebook page that has more than 4 million likes and nearly a million followers.
“We’re so proud of our community.
I feel like we’re doing good things,” says Lori Lasky, a spokesperson for the BCC Association.
“It’s just hard when you’re seeing all these stories that are about abuse and things that are going on.”
Lasky says the BCC association has not received any requests for help from the police, but is looking into ways to help.
“The BCC is trying to work with the police department to help make sure that if someone comes to us and needs help that they get the help they need and get out of there as quickly as possible,” she says.
Lasko says she hopes the BCC can continue to make a positive impact on people in need and that the state and federal government will provide funding for additional care workers.
“It’s so important for us to keep working to make sure everyone has a place to turn to and that they don’t have to rely on the care workers themselves to make ends meet,” she adds.
“We want the police to do a lot of their own work.
They have a lot to do.
It’s not the BCCs fault.”
Lisky says she’s heard about a number of cases of abuse in the community where people who have lost their jobs and their homes because of the protests have been left with little money and no other options.
“I think the main thing is that we need to do more and we need the state to step in and fund the needs of our local community,” she tells PEOPLE.
“When you’re on a starvation diet and it’s a community that’s struggling to get by, the state’s not there.
It has to be our community.”
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