‘The receipt is in my heart’

That’s a picture of NYSUT’s lobby. And that’s after NYSUT has already sent tons of food, cleaning materials and much-needed supplies to hurricane-impacted communities on Long Island and in New York City. Yesterday, NYSUT delivered food to a soup kitchen on Coney Island and, today, the truck left with a collection of supplies to the Tarrytown region and a delivery to the Freeport TA.

One NYSUT retiree who brought things in yesterday talked with me for awhile. I asked her if she wanted documentation of what she donated.

“The receipt is in my heart,” she told me.

Not only is NYSUT collecting all this — and you can read more about the efforts of members helping members here — it has coordinated the delivery  to various communities.

Now NYSUT is helping to coordinate the many individual local union members and retirees to go help clean up affected areas.

You can get on a bus this Saturday. You need to be at the headquarters here at 800 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham by 6 a.m. Call Linda Stanczik at (518) 783-7977 or email here at lstanczi@nysutmail.org to get your name on the bus list.

You also need to know this can be hazardous to your health. NYSUT”s Kathleen Donahue, who is heading up the union’s relief efforts, stopped by my office the other day to make sure anyone who volunteers gets this message. “The bottom line is: Hurricane cleanup and restoration work may have serious risks. Doing the wrong thing can endanger your safety, your health and possibly your life,” she said.

She provided a whole list of resources for you to consider. So, before you volunteer, visit this website and go through the tips and guidelines. This website also through the Centers for Disease Control.

You can also go to these resources through the Environmental Protection Agency site.

Your response to the needs of our sisters and brothers has already been overwhelming. Please, stay safe yourselves.

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