Federal Employees News Digest

Summertime giving: Feds, please chip in


A major federal employee union this week is urging members and others to give to charity this summer—and specifically to a tried and true stalwart that focuses only on the needs of feds.

That charity: The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). The goal: raise $80,000 by the end of the summer, to help feds who need it most—with emergency loans, disaster relief and merit-based college scholarships.

The union reminding feds about the increased need for donations? The National Treasury Employees Union, citing all the good FEEA does and a time of trouble for many fed families, is making the pitch. Mindful that many who give to FEEA donate regularly, but only during Giving Week or other specific times of the year, the union nudged feds who can to please give more, and even perhaps "double your donation."

“If you’re able, now is a great time to donate to the only independent, nonprofit organization devoted solely to providing financial assistance to dedicated federal employees and their families, NTEU entreats members, in a release

“This year marks the FEEA’s 35th anniversary of providing federal families with disaster relief, emergency hardship loans and scholarships,” the union says. “To help celebrate, all summer long Blue Cross Blue Shield will be matching individual donations made to FEEA.”

FEEA’s critical short-term loans help fed families to avoid going down “a destabilizing and difficult financial path, forcing them to seek high-interest loans, default on their debts, or even file for personal bankruptcy,” the organization notes. Since 1986, FEEA notes, it has extended over 13,000 such no-interest loans, for everything from rent to funerals to almost any necessary and unexpected expenses at a time of crisis.

You or a fed family in need that you know of can seek information and apply for a loan, or for grants for disaster relief, or other help on FEEA's website.

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