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 the thousands of NEA members in Texas and Louisiana affected. 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.
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.
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 Eskelsen García
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 http://www.nea.org/harvey to deal with your students’ fears and questions.