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Donate Unused Vacation Time to Support Colleagues

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2020) — The University of Kentucky’s annual shared leave pool donation period is underway and will continue for a limited time. This program enables UK staff to help fellow staff members who have exhausted paid leave because of serious health issues affecting themselves or their family members; it is not able to be utilized by employees in an administrative no-pay status.

For beneficiaries of the shared leave pool, UK employees’ generosity has made an important difference. Since the program’s inception in 2007, UK employees have donated more than 36,000 hours of accrued vacation leave to help those whose lives have been impacted by critical illness.

Employees can support the program by completing an online donation form. Up to 10 days of half-day and/or full-day increments can be donated. More information is available on the Human Resources website. Employee Relations staff members are happy to answer questions about shared leave; they can be reached at 859-257-8758. Employees are asked to consider donating before their unused vacation time is subject to loss. Campus staff must donate time before June 30. UK HealthCare staff must donate time before Sept. 30.


The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.