*Please note** The dates mentioned in this email from yesterday have already been filled! If you are interested, please register for the new May dates as soon as possible, or continue checking the link as additional webinars will be added.
TO: Local and Chapter Presidents
FROM: Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
DATE: April 22, 2020
RE: Online Student Debt Webinars
Online Student Debt Webinars are now up and running to replace the canceled in-person seminars. The first one will be offered tomorrow as a test run. Registration for this initial webinar was opened only to members who had registered for one of the canceled live sessions. Two more online Student Debt Webinars are scheduled for next week with open registration. They will be on Tuesday, 4/28 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 4/30 at 6 p.m. Give the short timeline, please let your members know about this opportunity as soon as possible.
Here is the link to register: https://studentloans.nysut.org/webinars
I hope this email finds you well.
In addition to disrupting our everyday life, the global pandemic has caused economic uncertainty for millions of working people. This includes members of our own union - teachers, nurses, PPS staff, paraprofessionals. To support those members, BMUST has set up a relief fund aimed at providing some financial assistance.
Members who need support may include those whose spouse/partner has lost income from loss of employment or significantly reduced employment; those who are losing a significant addition to their income due to reduction in spring or summer school or camp programs they ordinarily rely on; those who need to pay for at home care or expensive medical equipment for themselves or immediate family members; those who experience a personal or household emergency during this time.
The main purpose of my letter is two-fold. First, we are seeking donations to the fund. No amount is too small! If you would like to donate, you can send your donation via Venmo to @BMUST. If you do not have a Venmo account, you can send a check made payable to BMUST to 1260 Meadowbrook Road, Merrick, NY 11566 . Please put "Coronavirus Relief Fund" in the comment section. Secondly, if you need financial assistance, please complete the application found here. Applicant information will be confidential as noted on the form.
While we are committed to offering support as long as it is needed, we are asking you to submit your donation or application by Wednesday, April 29. Please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
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