Donate to members in need

Donate to members in need

Giving just seems to be in the blood of CSEA members. They give to help fellow members in need. They volunteer in their communities to help people make it through hard times. And every day, they work in schools to make a difference in the lives of students.

Sometimes, CSEA members need help, too. That’s where the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund comes in. Created to help CSEA members and staff through tough times, the fund is named in honor of the CSEA president who organized the union’s first disaster relief effort. The fund provides three types of financial help: disaster, emergency and humanitarian assistance.

The assistance fund doesn’t come from union dues at all —it relies solely and entirely on voluntary donations from members and staff. CSEA designates every February as Have-a Heart-Month to focus on fundraising for the program, but members contribute all year long. Key fundraising events include passing the hat at the annual CSEA conference, local chapter fundraising events, an annual golf tournament and “Share the Joy” luncheons held at CSEA headquarters in San Jose.


Helping Members in Need

In 2018, CSEA's Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund helped hundreds of members recover from devastating wildfires as well as individual hardships. These are some of their stories. 

CSEA's Assistance Fund gives members help and hope

Relying on member-donations, the Assistance Fund provided more than $300,000 in emergency and humanitarian assistance to members in need.
Mary Kay Ezell Golf Tournament

Mary Kay Ezell Assistance Fund Golf Tournament

The 25th Annual Merry Kay Ezell Assistance Fund Golf Tournament will be held in Bakersfield On April 27th to raise money for the Assistance Fund.  

Donate Online

Help us reach our goal of 10,000 member donations. Donate Today

Donate by check

Please send your donation to:
Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

Donate by credit card

Call CSEA Member Benefits 866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732), option 1.

Donate by payroll deduction

Payroll Deduction Form

Memorial Contribution

Honor a fellow CSEA member or someone else you care about with a memorial/honorary gift to the Assistance Fund. Fill out the Memorial Contribution Form.

We are family

Dorothy Bjork, Association President from 1984 to 1986, adopted the theme “We are Family.”

Bjork led the union’s first disaster relief effort, which helped scores of members recover from devastating floods in Northern California. Today, her legacy lives on, as CSEA members’ donations and volunteer efforts help hundreds of other members recover from natural disasters and personal crises.

Chapter Donations

Some chapter members vote to take a certain amount out of their general fund. Others hold fundraisers like bake sales or bingo tournaments. Even passing a hat at chapter meetings can help the fund. And you can always make an individual donation. How can you help? 

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