Disaster Relief Fund

August 29, 2017

Above: Darieliz Michelle Lopez, her 20-month-old son and three-year-old daughter sit on a sofa where her apartment stood in San Isidro, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 28. Photo Credit: Andres Kudacki for TIME

As Hurricanes continue to wreak havoc in the Caribbean and the United States, we stand in support for our sisters and brothers, including those who are healthcare workers and front line responders.

Communities and families are still recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. At 1199SEIU, we know an injury to one is an injury to all—and we are committed to helping those impacted by this devastation.

Did You Know?


Darieliz Michelle Lopez, her 20-month-old son and three-year-old daughter sit on a sofa where her apartment stood in San Isidro, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 28. Photo Credit: Andres Kudacki for TIME

The increase in superstorms and other natural disasters is unlike anything in history and is the product of both climate change and the Trump administration’s climate denial and callous policies.

  • Rising sea levels have contributed to the enormous impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 
  • Warmer oceans lead to more rain and stronger storms. A hotter ocean makes rapid intensification more likely.
  • The Trump administration’s deregulating of toxic pollution leaves vulnerable communities under siege near huge refineries.
  • Recently, President Trump signed an order rescinding Obama’s requirement for building regulations to take into account sea-level rise, as well as pushing to reduce flood insurance support.

1199 Disaster Relief Efforts

- 1199SEIU Sends Solar Powered Lamps To Puerto Rico

- Standing Together, Caring For Each Other

- 1199SEIU, GNYHA, and the Afya Foundation Work Together To Collect and Distribute Supplies In Hurricane Ravaged Puerto Rico

- 1199 Members Assemble Medical Supplies for Hurricane Maria Ravaged Puerto Rico





In supporting our sisters and brothers impacted by recent disasters!

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*All contributions made to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East are not tax deductible under the U.S. tax code. 1199SEIU is a 501(c)(5) organization (labor union) under the IRS rules and, as such, contributions are not tax deductible.