Campus News

October 11, 2010

Hardship fund now accepting applications

The Emory University Hardship Fund, championed and shepherded by the Employee Council, Human Resources and the Faculty Staff Assistance Program is now accepting applications from Emory employees experiencing financial hardship.

The goal of the initial fundraising period, which kicked off in late February, was to raise $15,000 to ensure sufficient resources before opening the fund for applications. Over the last several months, Emory faculty and staff have generously contributed to the fund, which now stands at a little over the original target amount.

All regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply for help from this community fund, for an extreme hardship related to a catastrophic event or emergency hardship beyond someone’s control and that threatens the ability to meet basic living expenses.

Employees can review the guidelines for applying and download an application by going to Paper copies of the application are also available at the receptionist desk of the 1599 Clifton building.

“I am excited that the Fund has reached a benchmark that allows us to assist staff and faculty in need.  I celebrate that the Emory community has united together for this very worthy endeavor,” says Angie Duprey, president of Employee Council.

The ability to maintain the fund and continue to provide resources to those in need depends on the continued generosity of Emory’s faculty and staff. Contributions from faculty and staff can be made through payroll deduction or online. Students and other community members can contribute online via credit card or direct bill.

“Continued contributions are essential in making this a sustainable endeavor. Every dollar makes a difference,” says Duprey.

All donations also count toward MyEmory, the University’s fundraising campaign for faculty, staff and retirees, as part of the campaign goal.

The Hardship Fund is managed by the WorkLife Resource Center. To donate, or to apply for Hardship Fund assistance, call 404.727.8000 for more information. 

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