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Employee Crisis Fund Re-Opens, More well-being support

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WashU Crisis Response Employee Fund was created to assist those facing economic hardship in these unprecedented times. Benefits-eligible employees of WashU are eligible to apply for assistance with pandemic-related expenses and in order to meet their essential needs. Expenses eligible for funding include housing, food, medical expenses for treatments and medications, and childcare expenses.

The Fund will accept applications for expenses incurred between August 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020.

Employees can apply for funds beginning Monday, October 12, 2020 and the application period will run through Friday, October 30. Documentation must be provided at the time of application to support the request being made. Requests submitted without documentation will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed at the end of the application period and applicants will be notified of funding decisions as soon as possible.

To learn more and apply, visit the WashU Employee Crisis Fund web portal.

Those wishing to make a donation to the WashU Crisis Response Fund can do so here.

Support for you and your family available on the employee well-being hub

The health, safety and well-being of our community are more important than ever. Find resources to support your health, mental health, wellness, learning and financial well-being.

Highlighted programs include:

  • Work-Life Solutions (employee assistance program) – In addition to counseling services, Work-Life Solutions can provide employees with referrals for community resources and assistance programs, provide financial counseling and budgeting guidance. Visit guidanceresources.com or call 844.365.4587.  Learn more.
  • Child and Family Care – Visit the Child and Family Care hub for details, including back-up care, child care facility openings, and an array of resources on virtual learning, care and more.
  • Financial Well-Being – Learn how to simplify your financial life and manage personal finances, get connected to a TIAA financial consultant, register for financial wellness workshops or check out the Savi program, a new student loan forgiveness program. Learn more.
  • Wellness – Find simple and effective ways to focus on your health and wellness. Meet with a wellness consultant and earn rewards, participate in Walktober – the new wellness challenge, find coping skills to manage stress through our mindfulness sessions, and more! Learn more about programs through Wellness Connection. Don’t miss the Virtual Health Happening Fair Oct. 26 through 30.
  • Emotional well-being – Support is available to help you and your family cope with stressors and challenges. Get help from our employee assistance program – Work-Life Solutions, attend a Zoom well-being session or find emotional support through individual counseling. Learn more.
  • Health care – Open Enrollment is coming up in early November. Now is a good time to review your health benefits and make sure you’re getting the most out of your health plan. During the impact of COVID, we have introduced several ways to help you manage your health in this environment. Learn more.
  • Learning and Development – Making time to learn and grow has a positive impact on your well-being and your career. There are several virtual courses and learning opportunities available to help you continue to develop your skills for a meaningful career. Learn more.
  • Live Near Your Work – This WashU benefit helps lift the financial burden of buying a home for eligible employees by providing down payment and/or closing cost assistance. Learn more about the program and attend an upcoming LNYW virtual fair on Oct. 21.

Visit the Employee Well-Being Hub on the Human Resources website for more details.

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