Union Plus Credit Card Holder Gets Disaster Relief
Hurricane Sandy left devastation behind after it made landfall in New Jersey
in October 2012. Fletcher Robinson, a retired USW Local 300 member, was one of
the victims of the hurricane damage. Union Plus was one of the first responders
on the ground.
Robinson, who is a Union Plus Credit Card holder, qualified to receive $500
Union Plus Disaster Relief Program. “I was surprised when I got the check in
the mail. I really appreciate it. It helped us so much,” says the retired union
printer of 47 years, who served as a shop steward for 21 years.
As soon as the storm passed, Robinson called
Union Plus Credit Card customer service to let them know that he had been
affected by the storm. “I didn’t want to be late with my payments, and I wanted
to let them know what was happening,” Robinson says.
He says he was relieved to know that he could get some help from his union
affiliation. “I am a union believer,” says Robinson. “And I am thankful to have
this kind of help.”
Robinson and his wife are among thousands of families in the Northeast who
sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. His house in Bayonne, N.J., was damaged
badly by the storm. “We are still dealing with the damage. Our roof and kitchen
were really damaged by the storm,” he says. “We are trying to hold up as much as
we can, and the Union Plus grant came just in time to help pay three major bills
this month,” Robinson adds.
Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants
in the Union Plus credit card,
mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the recent severe
Money from Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants does not have to be repaid. To
qualify for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant, the union member must be a
victim of severe weather in counties designated by FEMA as qualifying for
individual assistance; have experienced a significant loss of income or property
within the last six months due to the disaster; have had a Union Plus credit
card, Union Plus insurance policy, or Union Plus mortgage for at least 12 months
with the account or policy in good standing; and document the income or property