With limited other means of emergency financial support available within UVA or locally, the Employee Assistance Fund is a critical step in assisting UVA employees on a broad scale.
UVA employees within the Academic Division and the College at Wise can submit a request for funding from the EAF for help meeting unexpected, one-time basic needs, such as those related to housing, utilities, food, and transportation. These requests can be easily submitted through Workday.
All applications for assistance are reviewed by the UVA Community Resource Specialist (CRS) and an independent committee of UVA employees. Anonymity for all applicants is maintained throughout the process. The CRS works with applicants to ensure that there are no other sources of financial assistance available to the employee and also engages the employee in personal financial counseling to ensure the situation does not recur.
When funding requests are approved, money is provided through payroll to the employee’s paycheck. Fund recipients can then use the money to pay for their unexpected cost.
The EAF is only able to provide funding for colleagues who need help when money exists in the fund to give.
The new fund presents an opportunity for members of the UVA community to support one another on an ongoing basis, as this fund will be available to support employees as long as there are funds to do so.
As a self-sustaining fund, donations are critical to the Fund’s ability to provide financially for UVA employees and will go directly towards supporting employees in the Academic Division who need assistance meeting basic needs such as housing, utility bills, clothing, and food. The fund will be available to assist employees like George and Jack, who found themselves in unexpected situations of distress, forced to choose between paying for a car loan or a mortgage, or unable to provide basic furnishings for their family.
If you would like to support colleagues in need, you can make a donation through Workday on a one-time or recurring basis. External donations from non-employees can be submitted through the UVA Advancement website.
Donors should discuss any questions related to deductibility with a personal tax advisor. UVA will provide yearly tax-benefit donation/acknowledgement forms to donors via email. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.