While hundreds of NYSUT members have had their lives uprooted by flooding in the past two years, they have also flooded NYSUT with cards and thank-you letters for assistance they have received from the Disaster Relief Fund.
One woman was grateful for the financial assistance because it helped replace her son’s toys and clothes. Another said her family used the money to buy end tables, and it was the first step in refurnishing their home, where everything had been destroyed. Flooding, hurricanes, fires and tropical storms have completely ruined or damaged the homes of educators, health care workers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and retirees in Schoharie, Rotterdam, Long Island, Queens, the Mohawk Valley, New York City and many more locations across the state.
And now, Colorado. NYSUT records indicate that 70 members, primarily retirees, live in the flood zone in Boulder, Co., where highways, homes and businesses were recently destroyed. The members come from 40 different NYSUT local unions. NYSUT is corresponding with each person by mailing them a copy of the Disaster Relief application form, and contacting their former local or their Retiree Council to advise them of the situation. Outreach to them is hampered by the delay in mail delivery service in affected areas, which may last for several months. Friends, former colleagues and local and retiree council presidents are being asked to contact those who are living in Colorado and let them know assistance is available.
Many members, staff and retirees have given generously to the fund. This past year, NYSUT distributed 2,600-plus grants totaling more than $675,000 to members.
If you wish to donate to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, click here. Or call 800-342-9810 and ask for Jeff Lockwood. You can also mail a donation to NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, NYSUT, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Thank you for your continued generosity.