NEA: Helping our Family

Being part of NEA means being part of a family—a huge and caring family—that reaches out to each other when disaster strikes.

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th, Houston, Rockport, and other communities (totaling 50 counties) have been swamped by the most extreme rain event in U.S. history.

Texans are rising to the tremendous challenge, helping their friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers find shelter and safety. This is the American spirit at its best, when we summon unity and compassion to get through a crisis as one.

That’s why I’m asking you to come together to help our fellow NEA members. We’ve established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to assist our members in getting back on their feet. Your donations will help them replace belongings and meet the many expenses they will certainly face. Please donate if you can.
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If you or anyone you know has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, please know that we are here for you.

We’ve compiled resources to help.

Want to support those in crisis? Donate here.

PHOTO: Flickr Creative Commons, Texas National Guard

Your donations will go to support NEA members in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey, personally and at the schools where they work. NEA will work with the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) and the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) to disburse funds. Thank you for contributing to help NEA families affected by this disaster.

We estimate that as many as one-third of NEA members in Texas and Louisiana have been impacted or will be in the days to come. They are blessed to be alive, but they will struggle financially and emotionally to rebuild their lives.

Unfortunately, we’re hearing that other areas of the Gulf Coast are sustaining serious damage from the storm as well. Please donate to the relief fund to help our sisters and brothers.

On behalf of affected NEA members, thank you for your prayers and generosity. We will help our sisters and brothers find their way to brighter days and be their anchor through this storm.

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

P.S. As educators, we know that when disasters like this occur, children are often traumatized and need us to help them heal. Resources are available at www.nea.org/harvey to deal with your students’ fears and questions.

Author: Nancy Sasso Janis

Nancy Sasso Janis currently is a first grade teacher at Andrew Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten in the district for thirty years.