Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund ready to assist members affected by Katrina

The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is accepting applications for assistance from members in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

BLET members in the following Alabama counties are eligible for aid: Baldwin, Mobile and Washington.

Members in the following Mississippi counties are eligible: Amite, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Stone, Walthall and Wilkinson.

Members in the following Louisiana parishes are eligible: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Hurricane Katrina plowed through Southern states, particularly Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and leaving billions of dollars of destruction in its wake. Countless families have been left badly in need of shelter, clothing, clean water and other supplies. The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is specifically designed to assist members who have suffered a loss in natural disasters, and will be working to help members affected by this hurricane.

The fund depends on donations from our local unions and other affiliates. For many years, Teamsters have contributed tax-deductible donations to this 501(c)3 IRS charitable fund.

"A number of our brothers and sisters in the Southeast really need your help and support," said C. Thomas Keegel, General-Secretary-Treasurer. "This natural disaster has rocked that portion of the country, and we need to step up and help our Teamster family members reestablish their homes and normal lives."

"In the past, the outpouring of support from individual Teamsters, Local Unions, and Joint Councils has been inspiring," said Cheryl Johnson, Secretary of the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund. "We are hoping to again inspire you to help."

Donation checks are to be made payable to "Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund" and mailed to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund office at: (202) 624-7471. If you were impacted by the storms, please download and complete the "Request for Help" form. For PDFs of the forms, go to:


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