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Caring for Each Other Fund

The Caring for Each Other Fund is designed to support our team members experiencing emergency needs.

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If you are experiencing an acute financial hardship and meet team member eligibility and hardship qualifications below, please consider applying for assistance. If you are able to donate to this important fund, please click the donate button below. 

Team Member Eligibility 

To be eligible for funding, team members must:

  • Be DUHS staff regularly working 30 or more hours per week
  • Earn less than $60,000/yr (others can apply but will be reviewed on case by case basis)
  • Be employed by DUHS for the previous 6 consecutive months
  • Not have received any similar Duke funding within last 12 months (or any Duke funding related to this hardship event)
  • Not have an active Final Written Warning on file
  • Submit an application within 90 days of disaster/hardship 

Qualifying Hardship

  • Death of a spouse/domestic partner or dependent, resulting in loss of income
  • Loss of home/ living arrangements or due to fire or natural disaster
  • Significant, unanticipated medical care of applicant or family members (not connected to the workplace)
  • Acute disaster that impacts living arrangements and/or conditions (utility, heat/air, etc.) of the applicant 
  • Other extenuating disaster event not connected to the workplace (will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Note: Fund does not pay mortgage, rent, car payments, or other ongoing loans. The fund specifically does not support ongoing financial needs that are not caused by a qualifying emergency. 

Additional Resources

If you find you are in need of assistance that does not align with our eligibility guidelines, please review the resources below for other local areas of support.

  • NC Works Community Assistance Resource Guide- Durham CountyA collection of local resources to support needs including childcare, food insecurity, housing and utility needs
  • StepUp Durham Excel Resource Guide: A guide to local resources that support needs inclusive of food insecurity, childcare support, housing and utility needs, support for victims of domestic violence, and legal aid 
  • Community Empowerment Fund OC ConnectA website database that allows you to easily search non-profit and government resources to meet emergent and ongoing areas of need
  • NC Works Community Resource Guide- Orange County: A collection of local resources to support needs including childcare, food insecurity, housing and utility needs
  • Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Resource Guide: A two-page guide with a list of local resources to support emergent needs, inclusive of a hotline to support shelter needs
  • NC Works Community Resource Guide- Wake County: A collection of local resources to support needs including childcare, food insecurity, housing and utility needs
  • Wake County Network of Care: A webpage that connects users with housing, food, childcare, transit, and senior resources in Wake county