Assistance Fund Launched


November 2015


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SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel on Oct. 9 announced the launch of a voluntary fund constructed to help dependents of the Seafarers who perished in the tragic sinking of the vessel El Faro.


Contributions to the Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund may be made by visiting the home page of the SIU website – – and clicking on the “Donate” button. The union has applied for tax-exempt status (meaning contributions would be tax-deductible) and will confirm that status once it’s official.


If donating by check, please make it out to Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund and mail to:


Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund

C/o SIU Secretary-Treasurer

5201 Auth Way

Camp Springs, MD 20746


The fund’s purpose is to help meet some of the unanticipated financial hardships faced by the families. Virtually any individual or organization may donate. One-hundred percent of the donations will go towards grants for the families.


In order to be a beneficiary of the fund, an individual must have been a dependent of a crew member. Applications will be available at SIU headquarters and the union hall in Jacksonville, Florida.


The union also plans to place a memorial lighthouse at or near the hall that will include the names of all who perished. Most of the Seafarers on the El Faro’s last voyage were from the Jacksonville area; the name El Faro means lighthouse.



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