In the North Bay fires, at least 26 CSEA members have lost their homes with many more members displaced. CSEA's North Bay Field Office has identified 109 members with homes inside the fire zone, but that number could grow.
“It’s heartbreaking to see people lose so much, so quickly,” Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “Our CSEA family takes care of one another, and we are reaching out to help those affected by the fires.”
CSEA member leaders and staff are actively working with members impacted by the fires. CSEA provides emergency assistance to members in good standing whose primary residence is deemed uninhabitable and partially or temporarily condemned by an official agency.
The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund provides financial relief to members in need. The fund subsists solely on the generous donations of CSEA members and is disbursed through two different programs: The Emergency Assistance Program and the Humanitarian Assistance Program. CSEA members who have been impacted can apply for up to $1,000 in emergency assistance. Visit csea.com/bjork for applications and forms.
Support for the Dorothy Bjork Fund doesn’t come from union dues—it relies solely on donations from our CSEA family. If you’ve already made a donation, thank you for your generosity. If not, please consider how much your contribution will be appreciated by those members in need. To make a donation, call CSEA Member Benefits at 866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732) or click on the button below for additional options.
CSEA members who have been impacted can apply for up to $1,000 in emergency assistance. Call CSEA Member Benefits at 1-866-ITS-CSEA (487-2732) or visit csea.com/bjork for applications and forms.