New York City employees to support Japan relief efforts

13:48, April 02, 2011      

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Friday new payroll deduction program for city employees to set aside part of their paychecks to aid Japan disaster relief efforts.

The new payroll deduction program will begin with the paychecks and direct deposits issued on April 15, 2011. All city employees who wish to participate may donate a specified amount of money from each paycheck earmarked to further Japan relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and subsequent events.

These tax-deductible deductions will run for two months spread over four pay periods. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City will ensure 100 percent of the contributions through the program are directed to reputable organizations that are providing relief in Japan.

"The Mayor's Fund will complete the necessary vetting and ensure contributions will go to reputable organizations with low overhead that are delivering services on the ground. Any help is appreciated -- big gifts or small gifts; it all adds up and can make a real difference," said Bloomberg.

The Mayor's Fund previously raised 2.2 million U.S. dollars for Haiti relief efforts, including dollars raised through a similar employee deduction program.

Source: Xinhua
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