New York-area unions have stepped up to provide help in Sandy’s wake. On November 10, 2012, volunteers and staff from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) distributed relief supplies to union members in the Rockaways, Coney Island, Staten Island and elsewhere.
“Looking out for one another is what being in a union is all about,” said Executive Director Deborah Bell. “Our members have been very active in volunteering to help others, and we also want to help PSC members get the help that they need.”
PSC members who have suffered severe losses may be eligible for grants of up to $500 from the NYSUT Storm Relief Fund to help with some expenses not covered by insurance or other aid. Details on how to apply (and how to donate) are on the PSC website, along with information about other resources for those affected by the storm. Help in connecting to emergency resources may also be available from NYSUT Social Services, at 800-342-9810 x6206.
For information on how to get involved or donate to relief and recovery work, visit:
- Occupy Sandy
- NYSUT Disaster Relief and Scholarship Fund
- AFT Disaster Relief Fund
- AFL-CIO Hurricane Sandy Resources