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8/31/17 AFSCME members are stepping up to help their sisters and brothers affected by Harvey in Texas. Thank you. And please keep the donations coming.
Since Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Elissa McBride sent out an email Monday afternoon seeking donations for the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund https://www.afscme.org/union/fallen-heroes-fund , 420 members have donated a total of over $17,000.
This outpouring of support, although impressive, will not be enough.
The toll on AFSCME members in southeastern Texas and Louisiana won’t become clear until the authorities finish assessing the storm’s impact after Harvey dissipates. The coming weeks and months will be hard for many AFSCME members and they will need their union’s support to help them through this crisis. That’s why it’s important for more of us to contribute to the Fallen Heroes Fund.
AFSCME represents about 8,500 people in the storm’s path, many of whom are members of the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE).
This was no ordinary storm. Harvey – which came ashore Friday as a hurricane, then weakened into a tropical storm – unleashed a record 49.2 inches of rain on the greater Houston region before spinning off toward Louisiana. By mid-Tuesday, authorities had attributed at least 15 deaths to the storm, which may be the worst natural disaster in Texas history.
AFSCME members remain on the front lines, doing what they do best – helping their communities deal with the effects of Harvey. Working around the clock, they’re helping people and saving lives.
Consider these examples:
- Animal Care Technician and HOPE member Mariana Castillo has been caring for pets since early Monday at BARC, an animal shelter operated by the City of Houston. She has been working around the clock to make sure the animals are safe, fed and dry at the facility and the city’s convention center.
- Over the weekend, members of AFSCME Texas Corrections evacuated about 4,500 prisoners from three prisons as the Brazos River began to flood.
- HOPE member Cory Marshall used a dump truck to rescue a pregnant woman, who later gave birth.
- HOPE members are working with first responders to rescue people and deliver clean water.
- And AFSCME emergency medical services (EMS) members from California came to Texas to help.
Help AFSCME Members in Houston. Give Today. https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/afscme-harvey-disaster-relief-fund?source=fundpage