9/11/17 – Alexandria, VA – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which has left widespread flooding and damage in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) disaster funds are bringing the federal community together to support those in need of disaster assistance.
NARFE partners with the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) to provide emergency grants and loans to federal employees and NARFE members affected by a declared natural disaster through the NARFE-FEEA Disaster Fund. The fund is supported by tax-deductible donations from NARFE members and friends of NARFE and is administered by FEEA.
“I am proud of the NARFE members who have donated more than $458,000 in aid to NARFE members who have been affected by natural disasters. I am once again asking them to lend a helping hand if they are able. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support federal employees and NARFE members affected by Hurricane Irma, please visit www.narfe.org/disasterfund,” commented NARFE President Richard G. Thissen.
If you are in need of support, NARFE disaster funds in the form of cash grants ($500 maximum per grant per household) are available to all NARFE members in good standing who have been injured, incurred property damage or have other needs during and after a declared natural disaster. At the time of this release, a major disaster has been declared for Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. NARFE contributions are kept separate from FEEA’s own emergency assistance fund and are disbursed to NARFE members whose applications are approved.
“The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in communities in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is heartbreaking, and our thoughts go out to those affected in these areas, and in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and all other areas in and out of the United States that are affected by the storm. NARFE thanks our nation’s federal employees for their extraordinary and sustained efforts to predict the storm’s path and intensity, save lives, care for those in trouble and help rebuild these communities in the coming weeks and months. Employees from several federal agencies have been placed in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to respond to the disaster. They include federal meteorologists, transportation experts, emergency management specialists and countless others who are working around the clock to keep Americans safe and restore livability to the affected areas. These are important jobs and our federal employees are performing them admirably,” continued Thissen.
NARFE’s involvement with FEEA began following the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. NARFE chapters, federations and individual members donated $100,000 to the FEEA’s Oklahoma City Fund. NARFE’s Oklahoma City donation helped fund full college scholarships for all 200 children who lost a federal employee parent in the bombing of the Murrah Building. The following year, in 1996, the NARFE-FEEA Disaster Fund was formed.
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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the interests of 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors.