Relief to the 911 Victims
delivers first check to Facilities Personnel who fell victim to the attacks of
go out to those victims of the attack on America, and their families.
families of the 17 "confirmed missing" ABM employees who worked
in janitorial services, window washing, maintenance and facilities
Months have passed and other than some inconveniences and some
apprehension, our lives have returned for the most part back to
However, the pain is still there for the families piecing their lives
together after losing their caretakers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sons
and daughters. After a great deal of effort by both staff, board, and
chapter leaders we now know his name and several of his colleagues.
For those who do not know already, to support the victims families
during the holidays, the funds we have collected thus far will be added to
the ABM fund that is helping families of the 17 "confirmed
missing" ABM employees who worked in janitorial services, window
washing, maintenance and facilities engineering.
Names, profiles, pictures and anecdotes about their lives will be
distributed in the near future.
To kick off long term fundraising relief effort, Monday night, December
10th, the Long Island Chapter President and myself will be handing the
Human Resource Manager, Mr. Bernie Patton of the ABM Corporation the first
of hopefully many future checks during the chapter Christmas Party. It is
We will be recognizing each employee as an "HONORARY AFE MEMBER"
and hope to feature them on a perhaps special section of our Web of Fame.
Again we hope this is the first of several checks. Many of our recipients
were at the bottom of the economic ladder and did not have large insurance
plans and other resources available. Our efforts will make a
difference but we need to do more.
These families of our brothers and sisters of our profession still need
our help. Please, quickly put out the word to the regions and chapters to
help these families further.
How can you help victims of the recent attack?
AFE has a Relief Fund for those Facility
personnel who fell victim to the 9-11 attack.
Please click here
to learn more.
lines from the 9/11 poem.
"I lost a brother, today.
...I wish I knew his name."
If you need to find a family member affected by the disaster:
United Airlines 1-800-932-8555
US Air Force 1-800-253-9276
US Army (Military District of Washington) 1-800-477-9571
DoD Compassion Center for non-uniformed DoD employees at the Pentagon:
|Let's set a goal of 100k for 2002. That averages
to only a $1000 per AFE chapter. Together we can make a big
difference. With golf tournaments, extract bottles, raffles and other
methods, we should be able to raise it quickly. Our deepest appreciation
goes out to Scot Foss for getting this effort off of the ground with his
We need to also thank Jeanna, Gabby, Patrick and the rest of the team
for all of their labor to promote and organize this activity. Also many of
the board, including Mr Hagen, Mr Henry, Mr Danner, Mr Sovic, Mr Dunn and Mr
Campbell, Mr Stock, Mr Marcus Caltabiano, Long Island Chapter President and
membership committee members, especially Mr Scott Cummings, were
instrumental in mobilizing this effort.
Our treasurer, Mr Hagen deserves special recognition for his all of
hard work and effort working the phones this week to pull this together with
ABM and the Long Island chapter to make sure the check will be dispersed
THANK YOU All, who have contributed to this important cause and who will
give to it in the future. It is very important that we give to these
families and our profession. After all that is why we exist to elevate our
Joel A. Leonard, a southern boy, who has never driven in NEW YORK CITY
before. Please say a prayer for me and maybe one for NY too. Should be an
PS-On Dec.14th, Marcus and I will be providing special AFE Certificates of
Appreciation to a couple of municipal maintenance departments who were
involved and affected by 9/11. We will be visiting "Ground Zero"
--Will be taking numerous pictures.