The American Massage Therapy Association announced today that the organization is pledging a matching donation of up to $100,000 to help massage therapists who were affected by the storm in NY, NJ, and CT. In the press release issued earlier today, in addition to the matching donation, member therapists will also be given a payment plan for their membership dues, and provided with free continuing education.
In the next few days, there will be a page on AMTA’s website where you can make a donation electronically. In the meantime, donations should be sent to AMTA, 500 Davis Street, Evanston,IL 60201 and mark on the check that it is for the Hurricane Sandy Account.
AMTA chapters throughout the U.S. are encouraged to provide assistance to massage therapists through AMTA’s Hurricane Sandy account.
AMTA members and all massage therapists also can contribute to this account. (Note that contributions to AMTA chapters or to the Hurricane Sandy account are not tax-deductible, as AMTA is not a charitable organization)
Contribute directly to those agencies and groups established to accept charitable contributions and ensure that they reach those most in need. http://www.serve.gov/sandy/
For several days after the hurricane, AMTA reached out to learn more about the impact of the storm on massage therapists. Lack of electricity and communications in most of the area dramatically slowed the ability to learn who was affected. Once we established contact with chapter presidents in the Tri-State area, the AMTA Board was better able to determine what it could do as a professional association to benefit massage therapists and the profession.
There have been some grassroots efforts going on in the interim, and no one is minimizing those efforts. Friends have helped friends–and perfect strangers–and neighbors have helped neighbors. I’d like to say, though, that double the money is double the money–so I encourage you to give where it’s going to be doubled and do twice the good. AMTA has the safeguards in place of having a bank account strictly dedicated to this cause set up, and complete accountability of the funds coming in and going out.
Blessings to all those who have been affected, and all those who are doing what they can to help. Now let’s get this $100,000 raised so we can turn it into $200,000.