disaster relief for health care workers

NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund

An urgent appeal for donations to support our Health Care Workers.

NYSUT members across the state are quite literally risking their lives, serving on the front lines in hospitals and other health-care facilities throughout the Empire State during the deadly COVID-19 crisis. And with New York now the epicenter of the nation's pandemic, NYSUT wants to reassure our brave "Health Care Heroes" that their union is there for them while they selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to care for all of us.

That's why we're urging our members to donate to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund.

Proceeds will go directly toward purchasing and providing Personal Protective Equipment, food and other supplies for all of our dedicated health care workers.


The self-sacrifice nurses, doctors and other health-care professionals are making is immeasurable, as many of them are working without the necessary equipment needed to keep them safe. And, the situation continues to grow more dire. We need your help to right this wrong, and a donation to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund is an important step toward helping to ensure the well-being of our Health Care Heroes. Remember, we are all in this together.

UPDATE: Coronavirus Relief Act (CARES) offers new charitable giving incentives

Feb. 12, 2021

The recently passed Coronavirus Relief Act (CARES) and subsequent extenders provide some good news for all union members when it comes to filing their personal income tax returns. It offers new charitable giving incentives in an effort to help charitable organizations through this difficult time.

For the 2021 calendar year, an individual who does not itemize their deductions on their individual income tax return may deduct monetary contributions of up to $600 (for married filing joint filers, or $300 for single filers) made to 501(c)3 charitable organizations. This is an increase to the maximum amount allowed for 2020 monetary charitable contributions of $300. This will be an ”above the line” deduction in the main body of the individual tax form and will not require the taxpayer to itemize using Schedule A. Individuals who continue to itemize contributions on Schedule A will still have the ability to claim a portion of their donations, up to the maximum amount allowed each year, as “above the line” charitable deductions such as these.

Additional information about the 2020 deduction can be found on the IRS website. Please consult your personal tax preparer with questions specific to your unique tax circumstances.

Please consider making a contribution to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, to take advantage of this new tax benefit.

ABOUT THE FUND. The NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, depends on voluntary donations.. Please send a check or make online donations using PayPal via the Make a Donation link on this page. NYSUT assumes 100 percent of the administrative costs associated with the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund.

Questions about the fund. Please contact the NYSUT Disaster Relief & Scholarship Fund at 1-800-342-9810. If you would like to speak to someone about your circumstances, please contact NYSUT Social Services at 1-800-342-9810.


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