Nonprofit hopes to have additional $35,000 for grants in next few days.
The Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund said Tuesday it is processing a $35,000 donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield to help it provide disaster grants to federal employees affected by Hurricane Sandy.
FEEA pledged to provide disaster grants of up to $500 to federal employees hit hard by the storm, but the nonprofit organization said its funding was running thin. Robyn Kehoe, FEEA’s director of field operations, said Tuesday the organization expects the Blue Cross funds to be available for grants within the next two days. The group also has received $1,000 in donations from individuals, she said.
FEEA has offered funding to feds affected by previous natural disasters. In 2008, the organization gave about $800,000 in grants and loans to more than 1,700 feds, Kehoe said. After Hurricane Katrina, the group provided more than $1.8 million in aid to 4,000 federal employees. Most recently, FEEA helped almost 600 employees in the Gulf Coast with more than $80,000 in disaster grants and no-interest loans following Hurricane Issac.
The group is still accepting donations through credit cards at www.feea.org/Give, or by checks made payable to FEEA and sent to: FEEA Headquarters, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood, Colo., 80227.