LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2019) — When tragedy strikes or personal hardships transpire, the last thing a victim of tragedy should have to worry about are bills. The University of Kentucky Staff Senate Crisis Relief in Situations Involving Staff and Faculty (CRISIS) Program offers university staff and faculty temporary financial assistance in the form of a one-time payment during times of need.
Since the program launched in December 2010, CRISIS has provided thousands of dollars of assistance to UK employees to help cover necessities such as utility bills, mortgage payments and medical expenses.
“I didn't feel alone or like no one cared," said a recipient of CRISIS funds. "I also felt like I mattered, that my struggle wasn't to be ignored. I mattered.”
"It is clear from this quote that CRISIS is not only about the money the employee receives. CRISIS is about supporting members of our UK community in a time of need," said Todd M. Macaulay, CRISIS Program liaison.
There are three ways to donate to the CRISIS Program:
- Through payroll deduction: Instructions can be found here.
- By personal check: A check can be mailed to the William B. Sturgill Development Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015. It should be made out to the UK CRISIS Program.
- By credit card:- Visit the Office of Philanthropy's website to make a one-time donation.
Funded 100 percent by staff and faculty donations, this program extends the arms of UK employees and wraps them around Wildcat families in need. Often people struggle in silence, donating to the CRISIS Program can make an immense difference in the life of a coworker who may be closer to you than you think.
To be considered for CRISIS assistance, you must meet the qualifying needs, which can be found here. You must also fill out a CRISIS application and turn the application into Todd M. Macaulay, 115 Scoval Hall, CAMPUS 0064.
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