Office of the Vice President

Employee Emergency Fund donations

The UW COVID-19 Employee Emergency Fund was launched in April by UW Human Resources and University Advancement. Since that time, the generous donations from UW faculty and staff have provided hundreds of small grants to employees facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 for household, healthcare and childcare expenses.

By making a donation, even a small one, you can help even more UW employees who may find themselves in need of support.

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What employees are saying about the UW COVID-19 Employee Emergency Fund

Below is just a portion of the feedback we have received from UW employees benefiting from their colleagues’ selfless contributions:

“Please send our appreciation and regards to the UW colleagues and community members who have contributed to such a helpful cause during this time. We’ll make sure to pay it forward.”

“Thank you so so much! I have been extremely stressed out, trying to figure out how to pay for everything while dealing with the impact of furlough. There have been lots of sleepless nights and anxiety. After losing my apartment, this will help me secure and transition to new housing in the middle of this awful pandemic. The UW community is amazing and so generous. I couldn’t be more thankful!”

“You have probably no idea how grateful and thankful I am – this will help me to avoid the $100 late fee for rent. I will return the favor by surely donating to the emergency fund next week when things get back to normal financially. Again, thank you for your efforts, truly.”

“I would like to thank you and the donors for their generous donations. Their help came at the time that I needed it most. Thanks to them, I’m able to pay my medical bill, utilities bill and phone bill. Again, I am thankful and appreciative for their kindness and generosity.”

“I can literally scream of joy! I was so worried about being homeless if I couldn’t come up with a payment by July 15. Thank you so much and God bless!”

“Thank you UW Staff for this help. I graciously appreciate it and it was a huge help during this time, as I have not been paid by unemployment. I appreciate it more than you know!”

“Thank you so much! This will help my son and I so much.”

“Thank you so much for the assistance. This will help my family greatly during this hardship that we are experiencing.”

“This is great for it will help pay the rest of the rent that I owed. I would like to thank you and everyone in considering granting this help to me. I feel grateful. I wish that you all stay safe and healthy.”

“You can’t imagine how much this means to me. I intend to support the fund in return, paying it forward, even as little or as much as I can. This has helped restore my faith in humanity and ironically, as a writer, I’m at a loss for words.”

“This is such a relief and a huge blessing! I am so thankful. Thanks for the email and great news!”

“Thank you so, so much. This money will provide a truly needed respite for my family as they struggle with the impact of this pandemic. I’m deeply grateful to you and your staff for your work to make this happen, and to all of those who contributed to the fund.”

“If there is ever an opportunity for me to express my gratitude to those donors, please let me know.”

“Thank you again, and I hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times.”

“Thank you so much and also to others who made this thing possible. This act of kindness will be rewarded in some other ways.”

“Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard on this support for all of our staff. You are all greatly appreciated!”

“Thanks so much for facilitating this type of assistance. It is difficult to put into words how grateful our family is.”

“Thank you so much to all the heroes who have made this fund possible.”

“Thank you so much! Now I got a little bit relief. God bless you!”

“Thank you so very, very much. I have tears of gratitude streaming down my face as I write this. This will make a world of difference for my family.”

“Thank you so much. I feel truly blessed, and this will make my situation so much better.”

“I can’t begin to explain how much this will help with my situation. This program is essential for UW workers.”

“I’m just blown away by the UW’s support and generosity during this awful time. I just wanted to thank you for this assistance. It is awesome to have the additional funds for help paying my bills. I did receive my check last week and wanted to thank you once again for this assistance.” ?

“My family and I truly appreciate the help and support that the UW is providing not only to us, but all those in need during these difficult times. It means so much to us. I hope you have a wonderful day.”

“Thank you so much. I really do appreciate the help and I’m glad that by reducing the amount, you are able to help more people.”

“Thank you very much for letting me know that I’ve been approved for assistance. It is incredible help during this stressful time and I really appreciate it.”

“I am humbled by the generosity of this financial support.”

“I would like to thank you for approved my application. Also I would like to thank the donors for their generosity.”

“Thank you for your time and work on this. My family and I really appreciate the kind gesture.”

“Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.”

“Thank you very much for the email (approving my grant). it really made my day.” ?

“I very much appreciate this and am so grateful for the kindness of our UW community. Thank you for all your help.”

“Thank you so much for this. I wish things were different, but feel grateful for this help during this time.”

“Thank you so much! This means so much to me and I am so incredibly grateful.”

“Thank you so much. I am crying! You have no idea how much this will help.”

“I will try if I can to get some money back into the fund once I’ve been able to stabilize some things. I am hugely grateful to everyone!”

“Thank you so much for your support I really appreciate it. This will be of great help.”

“To all the caring UW colleagues and community members — God bless you.”

“I appreciate this more than you’ll ever know. It means a lot to me.”

“Thank you so much to all involved in helping us employees out. It is greatly appreciated. I thank you again and consider this a blessing. In return, I will help the next person in need when I can. Thank you so much.”

“Thank you again so much for your generosity. This has done so much to reduce my worry while I wait for unemployment to adjudicate my claim.”

“I have done so much to help others, and I never expected anything in return. Please let everyone involved, and who contributed, know how much this has changed my life. I am grateful beyond measure and can’t express my gratitude in words but I will in many, many prayers.”

“I will work here until I am 100 and my kids will go to school here and work here too!”

“The world is full of good. In these times, that is an invaluable to be reminded of.”

“Oh my goodness. I’m so thankful for such an incredible employer.”

“I’m in tears, this is such a blessing to my family. Thank you and thank you to the team that put this together. I’m on the phone with my mom crying happy tears.”

“Thank you so much! This will help my family, my newborn daughter and all of us. It has been such a hard time and this has been such a blessing. Sending a heartfelt thank you for this gift.”

“I got the check in the mail today. I greatly appreciate the help. I’m so thankful for this amount and the bills it will cover. This gives me so much relief.”