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 firstname.lastname@example.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.