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Fund to Aid Employees in Times of Crisis

NUSAC program established to help those faced with catastrophic emergency

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December 14, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC) has recently established NU Cares, an employee-to-employee assistance fund for staff and faculty in crisis. NUSAC is seeking donations from faculty and staff to build the fund.

NU Cares will begin accepting applications for assistance once a minimum amount of $5,000 accrues in the fund.

The fund is designed so that all full- or part-time employees eligible for health benefits and in good standing will be able to apply for a one-time grant when faced with a medical or catastrophic event. Repayment will not be required. A volunteer review committee consisting of staff and faculty will select the beneficiaries.

“NUSAC has been working for some time with the Office of Human Resources and the General Faculty Committee to make this fund a reality,” says Lynn Steiner, chair of NUSAC. “Our hope is that many staff and faculty members will make small ongoing donations that can have a positive impact on the community at large.”

Employees can donate to the NU Cares fund by cash, check, or payroll deduction. All contributions are used to assist fellow employees in need.

The Office of Work/Life Resources within the Office of Human Resources will administer the fund. For more information, or to make a donation, visit the NUSAC website.