The South Florida chapter of Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) recently donated $1,200 to our Hurricane Marie fundraising campaign. This raised our total efforts, without factoring in care packages from our Brookhaven, Ogden and Washington DC chapters, to $12,265.
MOS President Kenneth Brock and other MOS officers reached out to national HIRE to join our campaign and solicit help in shipping packages. The shipping issue remains unresolved but members of South Florida HIRE generously opened their wallets in relief of their embattled coworkers in Puerto Rico.
We heard from chapter Vice President Karen Vazquez who said:
"Per Kenneth’s request for an update of our efforts, towards the end of the week I’ll forward the funds that HIRE of South Florida collected through its Puerto Rico relief fund to MOS. We have around $1,200 in donations and hope that donations will continue to come in.
In addition, last week we shipped 2 boxes of care packages prepared by HIRE Brookhaven and HIRE of South Florida thanks to the support of IRS-CI in Miami that allowed us to send items through a carrier they use. We continue to collect items requested by employees as well as care packages and hope to send out a second shipment by the end of next week through Amazon.
I am pleased to say we have received support from across the country and business units and even AFIRE (Association of Former Internal Revenue Executives)."
Karen is also the Southeast Area Representative of HIRE National.
Hurricane Maria MOS committee members have slowed down the fundraising efforts because of the ongoing prohibition on soliciting employees during the Combined Federal Campaign. We expect to accelerate efforts in mid-January 2018 as the needs of Hurricane Maria victims remain unrelenting. Part of this campaign will involve continuing and new partnerships with the IRS employee organizations such as HIRE.