The Emergency CARE Fund is a program offering financial assistance to faculty and staff who have experienced a non-recurring sudden or emergency-related financial hardship due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event.
The Emergency CARE Fund is funded through the generous donations of faculty, staff and others who are interested in supporting employees who are in financial need due to an unplanned circumstance. Applicants who are approved for funding may receive between $200 and $1,500 depending on the circumstances.
Without these donations, the CARE Fund is not able to offer these awards. 100% of donations by payroll or check go directly to employees. Any amount not awarded in a given year will be carried forward to the next fiscal year.
Faculty, staff, and community members can donate at any time.
One hundred percent of the payroll or check donations go into an account used exclusively for providing CARE Fund grants. The maximum grant is $1500 awarded to an employee as a payroll payment.
- Donate by Payroll – Sign-up to donate $1, $2, $5, or more from your paycheck each pay period. You may also make a one-time donation via payroll deduction. Donations are deducted after tax.
- Donate by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal -- Donations using PayPal result in a 2.9% fee and a 0.30 cent per transaction fee. These fees are subtracted from your donation before distribution to the CARE Fund.
- Donate by check - If you would prefer not to use payroll deduction, you can donate by check. Make checks payable to Cornell University. In the notes section, write CARE Fund. Mail your check to: Cornell Work/Life, 395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 130, Ithaca, NY 14850
There are a number of ways in which Cornellians may volunteer to support this program in addition to making financial contributions. To learn more about volunteer needs/opportunities, please contact Work/Life in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 255-5298.
Emergency CARE Fund Committee Composition
A standing committee will be appointed by the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.
The committee will consist of six Cornell community members and at any given time will include:
1 Employee Assembly representative
1 Human Resources representative
1 Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) representative
1 Faculty representative
1 At-large representative
1 Labor Relations representative
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Elder and Adult Care: Resources or caregivers, including workshops, support groups, networking, and more.
Faculty Staff Assistance Program: Free, confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance.
Care@Work: Cornell provides free membership to benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees, postdoc associates, and graduate students to find and arrange caregiving services such as babysitting, elder companionship, transportation, pet sitting, errands, house sitting, yard care, etc.
Financial Assistance: Grant programs and other financial resources available to Cornell employees.
Financial Tools: Help with money management, debt management, and financial planning.
Navigating Health Challenges: Resources and guidance for dealing with crises such as cancer, mental health, substance abuse, and caregiving.
Parenting: Support and resources for pregnancy, adoption, childcare, parental leave, networking, financial assistance, and more.
Self Care: Support for your personal wellbeing