Actors’ organizations create fund for members affected by storms

LOS ANGELES – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have created a Hurricane Relief Fund specifically to provide financial support to SAG-AFTRA members affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation seeded the Hurricane Relief Fund with $200,000 and the SAG-AFTRA MPPWF matched the contribution for a total initial assistance pool of $400,000.

The organizations will be reaching out to the entire 160,000 SAG-AFTRA membership for additional contributions and donations to the emergency relief fund. The Actors Fund has partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and SAG-AFTRA MPPWF in this critical effort to provide the social services and coordinate the grant reviews and approvals.

‘A helping hand’
The process has been streamlined to speed relief to those in need and consists of a quick, confidential application and consultation to establish need. During the consultation, the social services professionals at The Actors Fund will also assess each applicant’s need for additional assistance, programs or services.

“As a Texan, the shocking images and devastating aftermath of Harvey, and now Irma, have really hit home. We are heartbroken for our fellow Americans, and our own SAG-AFTRA family, whose homes and lives have been upended because they happen to live in the paths of these unprecedented disasters.

“Our concern is not only for their safety, but also for what lies ahead,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President and actor JoBeth Williams. “We’re here to lend a helping hand to SAG-AFTRA members in their time of need. We have to take care of each other.”

How to apply
SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply for the Hurricane Relief Fund if they are currently active and have paid their dues through April 30, 2017, and have been affected by either Harvey or Irma. Affected and eligible members may apply by contacting The Actors Fund intake services directly:

For those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, contact The Actors Fund’s Los Angeles Office – (323) 933-9244, ext. 455 or intakela@actorsfund.org
For those impacted by Hurricane Irma, contact The Actors Fund’s New York City Office – (212) 221-7300 ext. 119 or intakeny@actorsfund.org.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is accepting donations directed to the Hurricane Relief Fund from individuals and corporate donors who wish to help provide support to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected areas. Contributions can be made at sagaftrafoundation.org/donate.

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