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The Acts Employee Catastrophic Fund Employees Helping Employees in Need

What is the Acts Employee Catastrophic Fund?

Employees Helping Employees in Need

When you suffer a personal catastrophe, you often learn who your true friends are. For some Acts employees, those friends have been Acts residents and co-workers who offer emergency financial help during unanticipated times of crisis.

To this end, Acts launched the Employee Catastrophic Fund in 2003 to help Acts employees facing serious financial difficulties stemming from unforeseen events. This fund - supported entirely by charitable contributions from fellow employees and residents - provides for one-time financial assistance to employees facing unique circumstances with assistance of up to $2,500.

The Employee Catastrophic Fund has helped your fellow employees overcome unexpected costs stemming from unforeseen events like fire, theft, medical bills and even the death of a loved one.

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When an employee’s spouse was visiting their native country, the spouse suffered a heart attack, was hospitalized and unfortunately passed away. The country would not allow the employee to bring their loved one home without the employee being present and the cost of travel was more than the employee’s resources. The Employee Catastrophic Fund not only provided help with travel costs, but also burial and family services.

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An employee involved in a car accident on the way to work was severely injured, requiring hospitalization and rehabilitation, and missed several months of work. Assistance from the Employee Catastrophic Fund provided help with living costs beyond those available through the company benefit plan.

Employee giving facts

Did you know...

Nearly 350 employees donated to the Employee Catastrophic Fund in 2018.

Acts Legacy Foundation averages 24 assistance requests each year.

In the five-year period from 2014-2018, we provided more than $150,000 to assist employees' needs.

In that same time period, charitable contributions from staff increased from $22,372 to $44,932.

Employees using recurring payroll contributions is the primary source supporting the Employee Catastrophic Fund.

Why I Give

"As they say, 'charity begins at home,' and I choose giving to the Employee Catastrophic Fund in lieu of annual holiday gifts to my colleagues as an acknowledgement of my personal beliefs and our organizational culture of Loving-Kindness. I hope my immediate team members never have need of the fund, but I am honored to participate in making a gift to help our colleagues throughout the organization in their time of need." -- corporate services employee

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Show Your Support: Go Green for Giving Tuesday

Green "Giving Bracelets" are being made available to all employees who wish to show their support for the Employee Catastrophic Fund through a charitable contribution.

Employees can wear their bracelets as often as they like, but we'd like everyone to show their support for the Employee Catastrophic Fund on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Ways to Give

Assistance from the Employee Catastrophic Fund is dependent on adequate funds being available. Staff giving through bi-weekly payroll contributions is the primary source, and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Thank you to those who are already supporting the fund through bi-weekly payroll contributions! To help fellow employees in need, complete a Payroll Charitable Contribution Form and return it to Acts Legacy Foundation.

Forms are available on the Acts Employee Portal here.

You can also set up recurring or one-time contributions by visiting us online here. <link?>