The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) has provided more than $300,000 in hurricane relief grants to federal employees affected by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.
Based on the applications coming in, FEEA expects to double that amount by the end of October. Federal employees have endured many hardships, even while reporting in for duty at alternate work locations.
$10,000 has been donated to FEEA by the BlueCross BlueShield Association and the National Treasury Employees Union has provided a matching grant of $25,000. Blue Cross has pledged an addtional $90,000 for the fund.
FEEA has raised over $450,000 for hurricane relief grants to date.
Many federal agencies have also started funds under FEEA’s umbrella to assist their own employees. Among them are the Departments of Justice, Labor, and Commerce, as well as the General Services Administration, NASA, Social Security Administration, USDA, USGS, FAA, Census Bureau and Army Corps of Engineers. I
Even with generous corporate donations and the help of more than 2,500 individual donors, FEEA says that it still needs at least $250,000 more in donations to help the federal employees affected by these hurricanes.
Donations to the fund may be made via credit card on line at www.FEEA.org, or by sending a check to: FEEA HURRICANE FUND, 8441 W. Bowles Avenue, Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80123-9501.
Civilian federal and postal employees affected by this disaster may download an Emergency Assistance application from FEEA’s web site, www.FEEA.org, to apply for grants and no-interest loans to help with temporary shelter, clean-up, rebuilding, and other expenses. Those in need may also contact FEEA at 1-800-323-4140 or 303-933-7580.