Helping others find “home” again

“When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows

The simple pleasures of home, and the security of one’s own home, are treasures. Knowing how many NYSUT members have recently lost homes from Hurricane Sandy, or been displaced from their severely damaged homes, the staff here at NYSUT rolled out a plan to help within days of the storm. So far we have raised more than $25,000 to help our sisters and brothers in need!

Our staff here are union members of Professional Staff Association; Communication Workers of America; and Legal Staff Association. We were joined by managers; officers; staff from United University Professions, the union representing SUNY faculty and staff; NYSUT regional offices across the state; and building vendors.

Innovative staff people put together baskets and raffles. We paid to dress down in jeans. We stuffed dollar bills, crisp 10’s, and checks into a collection box. All the money went to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, which provides money to members who have been uprooted by the huffy, heinous Hurricane Sandy. We also brought in supplies – toiletries, food, cleaning products, paper goods — and many local union members from the Capital Region stopped by and donated as well. Several truckloads of donated relief supplies have been delivered to those in need. Volunteers have also met here and traveled downstate together to provide helping hands.

Here’s to hoping “home” is on the way real soon.

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