Normally, this is the time of year we would hold our holiday party. But for thousands of our neighbors in the tri-state area, including many in our own union family, this is isn’t a normal year. The destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, and the overwhelming cost of getting things back to normal, continue to plague the storm’s victims, and are expected to do so for a long time.So, there’s not going to be a Guild holiday party this year. Instead, the Local’s Executive Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 4 to donate the money we would normally spend on a holiday party – between $2500 and $5000 – to the victims of Sandy. And we'd like you to help.Here’s the plan:1. The Guild will donate $2500 to a Communications Workers of America fund that was set up to help CWA members (including Guild members) who incurred storm-related losses.2. You’re invited to donate too. Contributions are tax-deductible. The Guild will match the first $2500 of member donations received. In all, the Guild will donate at least $2500 and up to another $2500 ($5000 total), if members donate at least $2500.TO GIVE. To help those who were harmed by Hurricane Sandy, make out a check to “Disaster Relief Fund – Hurricane Sandy.” The Guild will match all contributions received each week through Jan. 31, 2013 and forward the total to the CWA Disaster Relief Fund for Sandy victims. Because the fund is a 501(c)3 charity, donations are tax-deductible. Send donations to:Newspaper Guild of New York
ATTN: Disaster Relief Fund
1501 Broadway Suite 708
New York, NY 10036TO GET HELP. Guild members are eligible for the CWA Disaster Relief Fund. If your home or property was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, download this application for the relief fund along with its accompanying guidelines. If you lost valuable assets in addition to your home or property, such as a car, furniture, clothing or appliances, use this special application for relief along with these special guidelines. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2013.