The Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF) provides financial assistance for APWU members as well as other postal employees and retirees whose homes and property have been substantially damaged by natural disasters and home fires if the employees are not reimbursed by insurance or grants.
Supported and administered by all employee unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from federal employees.
APWU encourages its members to support PERF by making charitable contributions to the fund through the Combined Federal Campaign, the government's annual workplace charity drive. (Use designation #10268.) Each postal district is allotted a six-week period annually between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 to solicit contributions. (Please contact your USPS District to find out when your CFC campaign will take place.)
New PERF brochures, posters and DVD’s are available to APWU local and state organizations to distribute during their district's Combined Federal Campaign season. These items can be obtained in limited quantities at no charge while supplies last, through the APWU Human Relations Department. (202-842-4271) Allow two weeks for delivery.
Since its establishment in 1990, PERF has provided more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $15 million to active and retired postal employees impacted by hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and home fires.
To learn more about eligibility for assistance or to obtain an application, please visit www.postalrelief.com, or write to:
Postal Employees Relief Fund
P.O. Box 34500
Washington, DC 20043-4500
APWU members who need assistance with PERF should contact the union's Human Relations Department. Please note that inquiries regarding the status of your application or relief grant must be addressed directly to PERF.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, can also be a valuable source of information and assistance for people coping with the effects of natural disasters.