From NEA: A Time To Help

I recently asked you to open your hearts to our brothers and sisters in Texas who were in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Thank you for the generous contributions you’re making to The NEA Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Now, I’m asking you to help members in Florida who are suffering through Hurricane Irma, the second devastating hurricane to hit our nation in two weeks. Members of the Florida Education Association are jointly represented by NEA and AFT. We have combined our fund-raising efforts so that by contributing to the AFT Disaster Relief-Donation Center, you will be assisting members in Florida as well as those in the Caribbean.

PHOTO: Bonita Springs, Fla. AP Photo/Gerald Herber

If you or anyone you know has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma, please know that we are here for you.

We’ve compiled resources to help.

In light of our concern for students, public schools, and educators throughout the world, our union has also contributed to Education International, which is providing assistance through the Caribbean Union of Teachers to some of the worst-hit areas.

Irma turned its wrath on Florida over the weekend after leaving catastrophic devastation in the Caribbean. Throughout the Sunshine State, homes and other buildings were damaged due to high winds and flooding, and millions of people are expected to experience outages in power and water service. Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is still extremely dangerous and is continuing through the southeastern United States, where it will bring wind and heavy rain in Alabama and Georgia and may cause serious flooding.

Harvey victims in Texas continue to need our support on their long road to recovery. Students are returning to school in Texas but many buildings have been damaged and some are beyond repair. Our members need our help in rebuilding their own lives and helping their schools and students to recover.

As I’ve said before, we’re a family, and that means we’re there for each other in good times as well as bad times. Please continue to keep all affected members in your thoughts and prayers. Together, we will all help them get through this. Please visit: to help.


– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association

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.