Monday, May 14, 2012

Some Emergency Help from Employers, Unions, Etc.--Groups Taking Care of Their Own

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross and other disaster aid agencies rush to assist, but what other help could one possibly get?  How about from their employers or union?  Or professional organization?  Some large organizations do indeed help their own.

Among employers, the employees of Jack in the Box fast food restaurants can be eligible for assistance from the Jack in the Box Foundation from natural or personal disasters.  Employees of Food Lion may be eligible for grants of up to $500 if they can provide evidence of need.  The Office Depot Foundation offers aid to employees who have suffered from natural disasters.

At least two unions, the Teamsters and the Communication Workers of America, offer disaster relief grants for members who have been hit by natural disasters.  And the National Automobile Dealers Association and the National Association of Realtors does the same for members of their professional associations. 

It's not exactly a professional organization, but the Craft Emergency Relief Fund gives grants and loans to craft artists who have suffered "career-threatening emergencies."  Besides loans and grants, they provide some forms of "brokered assistance," including discounted rates on materials and discounted or waived booth fees.  See the website for more information.

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