Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 19. In the days since, millions continue to lack power and running water due to the crippling effects of the Atlantic’s first major hurricane of the 2022 season. At least five people across the Caribbean have lost their lives and the storm continues to track its way up the eastern seaboard, unleashing relentless rain and damaging winds.
“The residents of these island nations lack food, shelter and in many cases have been left with only the clothes on their backs,” said J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary-treasurer. “If you have the means to do so, I encourage everyone to donate to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund so we can lend a helping hand to those who are still struggling.”
How you can help
NYSUT is partnering with relief agencies to make sure that funds collected get to the people in areas most in need due to the current humanitarian crises.
You can contribute online at nysut.org/donate or make out a check payable to "NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund" and mail to: NYSUT Headquarters, Attn: Disaster Relief, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, New York 12110.
About the fund
The NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, the union’s 501(c)3 charitable organization, provides relief for eligible losses stemming from man-made occurrences, such as an accidental house fire; natural disasters, such as weather-related storm damage; and federally declared qualified disasters, such as flooding.
The fund is financed by voluntary donations. NYSUT assumes 100 percent of the administrative costs.