Hurricane Harvey Relief

The ongoing devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey has impacted many in the Gulf Coast region, including many SEIU members in the Houston area. It’s times like this that we need to come together, as we often do as union members.

SEIU members can support the families of those affected by Hurricane Harvey by making a financial donation to the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund, which helps support members in times of need.

If you are not an SEIU member you can:

  • Make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999
  • Make a donation on the American Red Cross by clicking here or calling 1-800-RED CROSS
  • Donate blood. Visit the American Red Cross website to find a collection location or blood drive in your area.

Members of SEIU Texas are severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read the story of one member’s experience below.

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When Hurricane Harvey hit my neighborhood last Friday night, the air pressure rattled the doors and windows to my home so hard that I was worried the wind would break through. My husband Ambrose and I have been taking care of our two teenage daughters and an elderly family friend, and the situation is still scary.

It has been one big scavenger hunt for supplies. Some stores here are open but don’t have much to sell. I want to keep my family as comfortable as possible, but I’m worried about the shortage of gas and that the demand for generators and food could make things very difficult for us.

It’s times like this when being united with two million members in a strong union matters. We must band together and use our power in numbers to provide support and relief to our brothers and sisters with me here in Texas.

Members close to the storm are depending on one another — sharing supplies, information and resources. We’re getting the word out that all residents affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for immediate, emergency disaster relief regardless of immigration status. Moments like this, where our union brothers and sisters are facing extreme hardships, demonstrate why it’s so important that we stand together in an organization like ours.

While the wind damage has been severe, I feel lucky that we didn’t get as much rain as Houston or other parts of the area. Our union is a family, and we stand together when times are tough. To my SEIU brothers and sisters, I ask you please make a donation to the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund today: https://action.seiu.org/page/contribute/harvey-relief

In solidarity,

Janet Fonseca
Unit Secretary, Bay Area Medical Center
Corpus Christi, TX

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