NYSUT launched "Throw out the Lifeline," a union-wide campaign through February to raise $250,000 in 25 days for the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund through simple, local-based fundraisers. Vice President Kathleen Donahue and Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler coordinate the initiative.
"We've all experienced the bone-chilling cold of the last week," Donahue wrote. "Can you imagine living in a house where electricity flickers on and off, windows don't shut properly, or you're cramped on the second floor of your home because the first floor has yet to be repaired? Months after Superstorm Sandy, thousands of NYSUT members still face these hardships. They need our help."
Thousands of requests for assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy -- and they continue to pour in every day -- place an unprecedented demand on the disaster relief fund.
"Lifeline" asks all locals to host simple fundraising events throughout February to raise money. The goal is to have each local raise at least $1 per member.
The NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, which benefits victims of Superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters, depends on voluntary donations. NYSUT assumes 100 percent of the administrative costs associated with the fund.