FAQ

The Hope Fund helps employees who are facing a financial hardship due to an event beyond their control including.

  • Illness/Injury
  • Death (Burial & Travel)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Natural Disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, etc.)
  • Other Special situations that place a burden on maintaining basic needs

The Hope Fund will assist when an employee or spouse is out of work and unpaid due to an unexpected illness or injury. The Fund can also assist when travel for treatment is needed or payment is due in advance of treatment. When the household income is 400% below federal poverty level, the Hope Fund can consider assistance with medical expenses related to an unexpected illness or injury.
The Hope Fund reviews each situation on a case by case situation. You can be on short term disability and receive assistance from the Hope Fund.
The Hope Fund includes the employee, spouse or same-sex domestic partner, unmarried dependent children who are fully financially dependent within our basic guidelines. In some situations parents, grandparents, siblings and grandchildren are considered. For details of this – visit our supporting documentation page.
Only your facility’s Grant Leader and the Hope Fund staff will know your identity. All identifying information will be removed from the application before your local committee reviews it.
The goal of the Hope Fund is to respond within ten business days after receiving your application, including all required documentation. Your Grant Leader will let you know if your application is approved or denied.

  • The Hope Fund does not provide assistance when the situation is the result of poor financial management.
  • The Fund will not provide assistance while you are receiving Worker’s Compensation benefits.
  • The Hope Fund does not provide assistance related to standard maternity/paternity leave.
  • Costs related to divorce or separation, including costs related to child support or non-receipt of child support.
  • Hardship resulting from taxes, job loss, loss of overtime or low census.

No, the Hope Fund provides assistance for employees who have no alternative resources to pay their expenses.
An employee may receive assistance one time per twelve months, excluding natural disasters. Employees may receive a maximum of $7,000 in a rolling five year period.
Yes. We are so thankful for support from more than 22,000 employee donors which allow us to continue to review our criteria and meet the needs of employees in financial hardships. Our Board of 30 members annually reviews our program and adjusts our criteria as needed.