Below is a letter from President Hill. If you would like to contribute, you can donate cash or a check made payable to the IBEW UNITY FUND (indicating Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund) to your steward, who will then forward to the Union Hall and we will send all contributions at one time.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Superstorm Sandy wreaked disaster on one of the most heavily populated regions of the United States, one that is also home to tens of thousands of IBEW members and their families. Lost power, shortages of food and gasoline and the lack of heat as November turns colder are common problems in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere.
Our members are dealing with these challenges, even as many of them are putting their personal safety on the line to help their communities. I am asking you to help them.
As we did seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the IBEW is creating a fund to provide support and relief to our members and their families whose lives have been turned upside down by Superstorm Sandy. The money collected for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund will be used to provide urgent relief to those most in need, including those who have lost their homes or sustained severe flooding damage and those who are trying to feed their families and keep them warm and safe.
The International Office is putting an initial contribution into this fund, but we need your help. We urge you to consider making a contribution from your local union and informing your members that individual donations will be gladly accepted. Together, we can provide crucial assistance to thousands of our brothers and sisters. Please make all checks payable to the IBEW Unity Fund, indicating “Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund” in the memo portion.
We are proud of our tradition of brotherhood in standing together in good times and bad. This is one of the bad times, and our union family needs help. Please give what you can and help us show the true spirit of solidarity.
With best wishes, we are
Edwin D. Hill
Salvatore (Sam) J. Chilia