News roundup, Jan. 3: St. Christopher Fund surpasses $3 million in giving; Indiana hosting job fair for former Celadon employees

Trucking news and briefs for Jan. 3, 2020: 

St. Christopher Fund hits giving milestone
The St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund announced last month it has surpassed the $3 million mark in giving financial assistance to truck drivers and their families since the non-profit launched in 2008. In 2019 alone, SCF gave $487,000 on behalf of 344 truckers and their families.

The money has helped 2,805 drivers and their families who have suffered financial hardship due to an illness or injury that caused the driver to be out of work for an extended period of time. The group says the most common diagnoses from applicants include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

“We are incredibly proud to achieve this milestone because we know that we have helped many drivers and their families,” says Donna Kennedy, SCF’s executive director. “We know there are more drivers to help, and we look forward to providing critical assistance during a difficult time.”

Indiana holding online job fair for former Celadon employees
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in partnership with Employ Indy, is holding a virtual job fair exclusively for former Celadon employees Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Companies including FedEx Express, UPS, Online Transport, DM Bowman and Clean Harbors will be among the participants sharing their job openings through a webinar format, allowing impacted Celadon employees to participate from anywhere. The webinar will be live from 12:30-1:30 Central time. Registration is available free online.

All impacted former Celadon employees are invited to attend. Celadon employees who cannot attend the webinar are still encouraged to register because they will receive a link with a recording of the webinar.

Celadon Group announced at midnight Sunday, Dec. 8 that it would cease operations and file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company said it would close all business units Monday, Dec. 9, except for its Taylor Express subsidiary operated out of Hope Mills, North Carolina. More than 3,000 employees, including 2,500 drivers, were put out of work.