Your community is without boundaries.
When AFT members—and our friends, families and co-workers—are hit hard by disaster or need a helping hand, we are there to help, both at home and overseas.
Giving Relief From Disaster
People like you—AFT members from across the nation—have contributed money and “people power” to help AFT members hit by hurricanes and other disasters in California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. We’ve raised more than $1 million for disaster relief.
Rebuilding Destroyed Homes
Nearly 80 AFT members spent two weeks of their summer vacation cleaning, painting, building and landscaping in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The rebuilding was done by colleagues like John Amato of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City; Vanessa Gonzalez of North Miami Beach; Dana O’Kelly Stewart of Dade County, Fla.; and Megan May of the Great Falls, Montana. May said volunteers like her were helping out not for a “pat on the back,” but because “it needs to be done.”
Volunteering to Aid Haiti’s Quake Victims
When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, killing and injuring tens of thousands, AFT members did not hesitate to help, including the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals members who gave up vacation time to travel there to provide medical assistance. “Our first impulse [was] not even to ask ‘How can we help?’ but to take action,” said VFNHP member Mari Cordes, a registered nurse who helped coordinate the effort.
Educating About HIV/AIDS
The AFT-Africa AIDS Campaign has been a groundbreaking effort for our members—in partnership with the Zimbabwe Teachers Association—to reach and teach the 750,000 South African teachers infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS. Our work has included peer education, HIV testing and counseling, and treatment programs for teachers with HIV/AIDS.