AFGE Members Provide Assistance to Their Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Superstorm Sandy Aftermath

January 4, 2012

AFGE was founded on the principles of brotherhood and sisterhood and, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the union has portrayed just that.

While many AFGE members are attempting to regain some normalcy after the storm, others have banded together to provide assistance to their brothers and sisters affected by Superstorm Sandy.

AFGE’s National Executive Committee pledged to match the first $25,000 donated to the Federal Employee & Education Assistance Fund’s (FEEA) AFGE Relief Fund. FEEA is a nonprofit whose mission is to help federal employees with scholarships, child care assistance and emergency assistance. Donations can be made directly via secure network at https://secure.feea.org/np/clients/feea/donation.jsp?campaign=19. You can contact FEEA directly at (800) 323-4140 or by emailing fedshelpingfeds@feea.org.

“A natural disaster of this size is hard to imagine, and months later countless people—many of whom are federal employees—are still without help,” AFGE National President J. David Cox said. “If AFGE can help even one person, it’s worth it. I know, though, that our members will come through big to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

AFGE members also have taken the initiative to assist those in need. Boston Social Security Local 3760 donated home improvement gift cards to two Local 1760 members whose homes were damaged by the storm.

“It was just our way of saying we’ve got your back,” said Kevin Griffin, Local 3760 president and National Vice President of Council 224.

Veterans Affairs Local 1119 in New York also hosted a two-week clothing, canned goods, and toiletries drive in conjunction with the Red Cross.

AFGE’s District Two, which covers members in New York and New Jersey (in addition to Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island), has been a great source of information for AFGE members and all federal employees. For details on health and safety issues, government assistance, etc., please visit the District 2 website at http://www.afge2nddistrict.org.

Additional Donation Resources

Millions are still feeling the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy. Here's a list of resources if you want to help or if you need assistance. For more information about Superstorm Sandy and the heroic efforts of AFGE members go to www.afgememberstories.com

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) stands ready to assist civilian federal and postal employees impacted by the storm. Disaster grants of up to $500 will be available to employees in hard-hit areas experiencing verifiable hardship. Due to limited funding, FEEA will prioritize grants for those with major property damage or other significant hardship.

Employees in need of help can download a disaster relief application at www.feea.org/Disaster or call FEEA at 1-800-323-4140 for more information. Phone lines may be very busy if damage is widespread. Callers are asked to be patient and leave a message if prompted to do so.

The federal government is offering to employees and their dependents who have been ordered to evacuate. For more information about evacuation payments for federal employees, please visit http://www.opm.gov/oca/pay/html/evac.htm.

Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has provided tips about post-disaster cleanup. Please visit: http://epa.gov/sandy/factsheets.html for more information and to print handouts to share with your family and friends.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can donate to relief funds or volunteer to help rebuild areas of New York City, please visit www.nycservice.org.

You may also make a monetary donation to the United Way Regional Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund by visiting UWSandyRecovery.org or make a $10 donation by texting RECOVERY to 52000.

Several New York City and Long Island, NY food banks are accepting food and monetary donations as well as volunteers. More information is below.

City Harvest: Donations can be made online at http://www.cityharvest.org/donate-funds/ or over the phone at 646-412-0643 between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To make a food donation, please contact: Racine Rodriguez at 347-443-8413 or rrodriguez@cityharvest.org.

Food Bank of NYC: They are seeking volunteers at their warehouse located at Hunts Point Cooperative Market, 355 Food Center Drive Bronx, NY 10474. Their phone is 718-991-4300.

Island Harvest: The following items are needed: bottled water, Vitamin Water, healthy snack bars, peanut butter, crackers, pop-top food cans such as tuna and chili. If you would like to donate, please call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775. Donations can be dropped off on weekdays before 3:00 pm at Hauppauge Warehouse, 40 Marcus Blvd, Hauppauge. You can also call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775.

Long Island Cares: They are accepting donations at The Harry Chapin Food Bank, 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039. You can also call 631-582-FOOD or email info@licares.org.

Sustainable Long Island: You can make a donation at http://sustainableli.org/ or by calling 516-873-0230.

Please visit www.unionblog.com and www.afgememberstories.com for more updates and how you can help those affected by the storm.

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