September 13, 2017

In the wake of Harvey and Irma, NYSUT mobilizes to support members

Source: NYSUT Communications
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Caption: Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control.

NYSUT and its members are known to be among the first to lend a hand and to have a heart when disaster strikes, especially when its members are affected.

The recent hurricanes that devastated much of Florida and Texas had a significant impact on scores of NYSUT retirees — there are more than 16,000 throughout Florida alone — and NYSUT has a variety of ways it’s helping.

Disaster Relief

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have taken an incredible financial toll on many who have lost homes and possessions in Florida and Texas. The NYSUT Disaster Relief and Scholarship Fund was established to assist members who are victims of natural or man-made disasters. Here are relief applications and info.

Meanwhile, other members are encouraged to donate generously to help their brothers and sisters dealing with the aftermath of the killer storms. Here’s how to donate.

Social Services

NYSUT Social Services can help members in crisis – inservice and retirees – to cope with life’s unexpected challenges. Call 1-800-342-9810, ext. 6206, or go to www.nysut.org/socialservices for more information.

Trauma Tips

People who go through such a traumatic event as a hurricane often need help getting their lives back on track. Social Services offers some practical advice for trauma victims and those there to help them.

Our Sisters and Brothers

NYSUT members across New York are finding creative ways to help their brothers and sisters in the hurricane-affected areas.

Meanwhile, NYSUT’s national affiliates — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — are offering an array of resources and other support that those trying to rebuild should check out.