“Hurricane Isaac Not Over for Feds.”
That’s the headline on a news release from the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) about workers who continue to suffer from the effects of the storm that recently hit the Gulf Coast.
The fund says it has provided more than $70,000 in small grants to more than 470 families affected by the storm, with more applications arriving daily. The grants are small because “need has been 25 times greater than donations,” according to FEEA.
FEEA is a private, nonprofit organization based in Lakewood, Colo., that provides financial assistance to federal employees. Since 1986, it also has provided $11 million in scholarships to federal employees and their dependents.
Those receiving aid related to the hurricane work at or are retired from numerous agencies, according to FEEA, including Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, State, Social Security Administration, Postal Service, Homeland Security, Defense, Interior, IRS, Commerce and Justice.
The organization said it is seeking donations so it can help all who qualify for assistance.
A FEEA statement says it understands that “feds whose paychecks haven’t grown for the past two years are feeling squeezed by everyday expenses and demoralized by continued political attacks on their agencies.”
“But this is what makes it all the more important for feds to reach out and help each other in times of need,” the statement continued. “Unfortunately, the general public is just not going to do it, so we must stand together – Feds Helping Feds ...”
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