Sept. 6, 2017

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SUNY Strong! Help Hurricane Harvey victims and first responders

UUP members, you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the many volunteers and first responders providing aid to those recovering from the vicious storm.

Donate now to SUNY Strong for Hurricane Harvey Relief, a joint effort by New York State and SUNY to collect donations statewide to buy supplies to help hurricane victims. Monetary donations will be used to buy water, towels, linens, canned goods, diapers, and cleaning supplies.

Click here to donate online now.

All supplies purchased via donations will be loaded into the Empire State VI, a National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel used by SUNY Maritime to train students, and shipped to Beaumont, Tex. to aid in the relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. UUP members at SUNY Maritime will take part in the mission, UUP President Fred Kowal said.

Once there, the ship will remain docked—possibly for as long as two months—and will provide power, housing, food and water to more than 1,200 first responders working to help hurricane victims.

“We are proud that UUP members are involved in this important mission,” Kowal said.

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Kowal recorded a Sept. 6 video, above, urging UUP members to donate to the SUNY Strong cause. The SUNY Strong initiative came about after Kowal phoned SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and asked her how UUP, the nation’s largest higher education union, could work with SUNY to aid Hurricane Harvey victims.

“Because of emails and phone calls from UUP members asking what we could do to help, I reached out to Dr. Johnson and we had a series of very productive conversations,” said Kowal. “She worked closely with the governor’s office, and together a plan was developed to help the folks most impacted by this devastating storm."

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