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The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund

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Help is a phone call away. Contact FEEA at (800) 323-4140 or download the emergency assistance application form.

Help FEEA help more federal employees in need. Donate online or mail your check to FEEA, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 8022

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FEEA Keeps Its Promises

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Promises can be easily made and just as easily broken. Not true for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA has been keeping promises to federal employees for almost 30 years. None of FEEA’s promises are more important, nor more heartfelt, than those made to the families of federal workers killed in Oklahoma City.

Nearly 100 federal employees were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building, along with members of the public and children in an on-site day care center. A tight-knit community was devastated.

Within hours, FEEA was promising immediate financial help to federal families, and within just a few days FEEA Executive Director Steve Bauer headed to the scene. Donations from across the country came in and went right back out the door to families in need. FEEA provided more than $100,000 in immediate grant support to impacted families, and the donations kept arriving.

Eventually, FEEA had more than $1.5 million available and wanted a way to ensure the money would aid the impacted federal families. Thus was born FEEA’s Oklahoma City Fund. FEEA made a plan and invested the money, with the promise that enough would be available each year to provide full college scholarships to every child who lost a parent in the bombing, as well as for the six children in the daycare center who survived.

This promise has been kept for 20 years, helping 213 students attend college on full scholarships. NTEU is a founding member of FEEA and President Colleen M. Kelley sits on the FEEA Board of Directors.

“I am deeply touched that we have honored the commitment we made,” President Kelley said. “Something good has come out of this tragic event because of the efforts of FEEA and the donations sent in from federal employees across the country.”

Among the students helped is Jerrel Wade, who was a high school senior preparing for graduation at the time of the bombing. When he entered the University of Oklahoma that fall, Jerrel says he was comforted to know his schooling would be paid for. “Every step of the way, I found the assistance provided by FEEA helpful and beneficial,” Wade said.

Gretchen Allen Ashman earned an associate degree and then returned to school a number of years later. She is now working toward a master’s in social work. Ashman acknowledges that the impact of living through the bombing is a contributing factor in her choice of career and says, “Absolutely 100 percent—having the scholarship funds accessible all the years has helped. I wasn’t a traditional student and did not take a traditional route, but as you get older you definitely realize there is no straight path in life.”

FEEA continues to make the promise to be there for federal employees, wherever and whenever they require help. “It is a promise we intend to keep for the next 30 years,” said President Kelley.


 




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