The University of Alabama Acts of Kindness-Employee Emergency Relief Fund
The purpose of the Acts of Kindness – Employee Emergency Relief Fund (“Fund”) is to provide appropriate relief to eligible faculty and staff of The University of Alabama (“UA”) who experience a qualifying event or emergency. The Fund shall strive to accomplish that purpose by:
To begin the application process, an employee must contact the Work Life Manager in the Department of Human Resources at 348-5217. The employee will be prescreened over the telephone to determine potential eligibility. If the employee appears to meet the basic guidelines, an appointment with the Work Life Manager will be scheduled. The employee will need to bring documentation of the qualifying event or emergency.
Employees who do not meet the basic guidelines will be referred to community resources for possible assistance.
If you cannot reach the Work Life Manager, please call or email Angie Dickey at 348-6690 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can help set up the initial phone call with the Work Life Manager.
Qualifying Event or Emergency
Examples of emergency situations that could be considered as a basis for assistance include but are not limited to: fire; natural disaster such as flood, tornado, etc. resulting in destruction of the primary residence (rental properties are excluded); loss of employment of spouse; death in immediate family if accompanied by other hardships; or life-altering accidents.
Other qualifying events include time-limited, specific events that place an applicant who otherwise was not experiencing financial distress in a position of temporary financial hardship. Temporary means that with the assistance of this Fund, the applicant could regain financial stability within a relatively short period of time. Longstanding financial problems not related to the time-limited, specific event do not meet the temporary hardship requirement and are not qualifying events for which an award from the Fund will be made.
Common life occurrences such as routine car and home repairs, car and home maintenance, legal fees, monthly bills, animal care, and living beyond one’s means are not qualifying events for which an award from the Fund will be made. Also, financial hardships caused by garnishments, payday/title loans, and student loans do not qualify for assistance.
Standards to Provide Financial Assistance
Financial assistance should be gratuitous, measured solely by need or distress, not related to services rendered, and not necessarily designed to place the recipient in the same economic position as prior to the qualifying emergency or event.
Any benefit to the University from such financial assistance should be, at most, incidental and tenuous.
All financial assistance shall be distributed in compliance with UA’s non-discrimination policy.