In the wake of this spring’s spate of natural disasters across the state, the Missouri AFL-CIO has created a Missouri Working Families Relief Fund to send a message of hope and solidarity to working people in need.
Just this week, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson requested a second federal disaster declaration due to flooding and tornadoes.
As always, union members are leading the relief efforts. First responders, public employees, and working people across the state are on the front lines evacuating people to safety, tending to the injured, restoring power, and rebuilding.
The Missouri Working Families Relief Fund provides union members with another avenue to be on the front lines and help working people who’ve had their lives turned upside down. The fund will provide some financial assistance to natural disaster victims to help them begin to rebuild their lives.
“We’ve had hundreds of families adversely affected by recently flooding, tornadoes and other catastrophes,” said Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. “We’re doing as much as we can to help each and every one.
“As a Labor Movement, we know we’re strongest when we stand arm in arm. The Missouri Working Families Relief Fund creates an opportunity for union members to help other members during their time of need,” he said.
MAKE A DONATION
To make a contribution to the fund, mail a check payable to “Missouri Working Families Relief Fund” to the Missouri AFL-CIO, Attn: Working Families Relief Fund, 227 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Donations will be distributed to the state’s Central Labor Councils in the form of gift cards to be disseminated by union locals or presented directly to individuals in need.
Louis extended a special “thank you” to the Bank of Labor for helping set up the bank account and gift card program for the Relief Fund.
IF YOU NEED HELP
Union members who have been affected by any of the recent flooding, tornadoes, or other catastrophes can contact their local Central Labor Council office to get assistance.
Members can find the contact information for their local Central Labor Council online at www.moaflcio.org, orcontact Vickie Beck at the Missouri AFL-CIO at 573-634-2115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.