AFTRA Foundation Announces Creation of Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott and SAG-AFTRA Co-President
and AFTRA Foundation Board Member Roberta Reardon
Announce Creation of AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
New York (November 6, 2012) – The AFTRA Foundation announced the creation of a $50,000 fund to support and aid active SAG-AFTRA members in their recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund will be administered by the Actors Fund in New York.
SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply if they are currently active and have paid their dues through the May 2012 billing cycle. Grants of up to $1000 will be administered through the Actors Fund through a confidential and streamlined process aimed at aiding members quickly and effectively as they rebuild and recover from the superstorm.
“Our hearts are behind our actions and, like a true family, the AFTRA Foundation is here to help our members when they need help the most,” said AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott. “We’ve seen great loss and suffering caused by this storm. Helping our members rebuild their lives is the most important work we can do at this time.”
“This is the type of work the Foundation is devoted to and was designed for,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. “We are grateful to all who support us and to the Actors Fund for partnering with us. Our members are strong, talented, generous people. We are proud of them and their resilience, and honored to be able to help in this time of need.”
Members affected by the storm can apply for assistance by contacting The Actors Fund in New York at 212-221-7300 ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund can be sent to:
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
260 Madison Ave. 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016
About AFTRA Foundation
Founded in 1997, the AFTRA Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable and educational organization funded through tax-deductible voluntary contributions, grants, and bequests – not member dues – to support projects outside the scope of normal activities of the Union. To learn more about the AFTRA Foundation, please visit www.sagaftra.org/aftrafoundation.
About the Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone— performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, serving more than 12,800 people annually. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.
More good news!!!! First SAG announced a relief fund! Now, AFTRA announces that they have one !!!
Hmmm! Hmmm, again! But, but, but I thought since the merger, we were ONE UNION….ah, okay!!!!
SAG Foundation Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund
If you are an active SAG-AFTRA member facing hardship due to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
(SAG Foundation) and the Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (SAG MPPWF) are here to help.
The SAG Foundation has provided initial funding through a $100,000 contribution that is being matched by an identical $100,000 from the SAG
MPPWF for a total available assistance pool of $200,000. The Actors Fund is partnering with the SAG Foundation and SAG MPPWF in this much-
needed effort and will provide the social services and coordinate the grant reviews and approvals. Checks will be made available for in-person pick-up
at SAG-AFTRA’s New York local office within days.
Affected and eligible SAG-AFTRA members may apply to the fund for one-time cash grants of up to $2,400 from the SAG Foundation and an additional
$2,400 from the SAG MPPWF, for a total potential assistance grant of $4,800 per person upon approval. Members are eligible to apply if they are currently
active and have paid their dues through the May 2012 billing cycle.
The process has been minimized to speed relief to those in need and consists of a quick, confidential and non-invasive application and consultation to
establish need. During the consultation, the social services professionals will also assess each applicant’s need for additional assistance programs or services.
Members in need can apply by contacting The Actors Fund intake services directly at:
Eastern Region, 212.221.7300 ext. 119, email@example.com
Can you lend a helping hand? The SAG Foundation is accepting donations directed to the Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund from individuals and
corporate donorswho may wish to help provide relief to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected areas. Contributions may be made by clicking this link.
Message from The Actors Fund: Helping Our Colleagues Hurt by Superstorm Sandy
Millions of our friends and neighbors in the Tri-State region are suffering because of Superstorm Sandy. The Actors Fund is working hard to respond quickly to requests for emergency financial assistance and to help ensure the safety of our community.
Please note that our website, email and New York Office phone number have been experiencing periodic outages. Currently, our systems are fully operational, and we remain open and our staff is here and at remote locations, helping during this very difficult time.
Remember, we are here to serve everyone in performing arts and entertainment. We’re here to help if your home was damaged in the storm, if you are without work or between gigs and have no steady income, or if you are without medical insurance and need medical care. Whatever challenge you’re facing, bring it to The Actors Fund.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t been affected by the storm and you would like to help, please consider a donation to support people in need as Sandy’s aftermath unfolds. Many won’t be able to make ends meet in the coming weeks, while others will need help repairing their homes or paying for medications and food.
And you can play another role in the recovery, by volunteering your time and talent. Contacting New York Cares, the American Red Cross, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey or AmeriCares are good places to start.
Your support will also allow us to continue our vital work of helping more than 12,800 people in our community in need in Los Angeles, Chicago and nationally.
You are among our most loyal supporters. Thank you for making our work possible.
Now this is how a union should act: This is from the SAG-AFTRA website.
The American Red Cross continues to mobilize resources and relief workers to respond to Hurricane Sandy’s impact. Your help is desperately needed to provide essential aid including shelter, meals, basic health care, emotional support and other emergency services. Please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief today.
The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund NY office, (917)281.5936, is available to assist SAG-AFTRA members in the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their website, email and New York Office phone numbers are experiencing sporadic outages. Visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for additional updates, and visit their blog here.
Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants
As part of the Union Plus Union SAFE programs designed to assist union members, the Disaster Relief Grant is able to help those with a Union Plus Credit Card, Union Plus Mortgage or Union Plus Insurance policy who are facing financial hardship due to a natural disaster. The money does not have to be repaid.
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