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Caring for Each Other Fund

The Caring for Each Other Fund is here for you.

We understand you may be feeling stressed or uncertain right now, and you may be reluctant to ask for help. Please know that your teammates want to be there for you.Caring for Each Other Fund Logo

This fund is designed to address emergency needs. It does not support ongoing financial worries that are not caused by a qualifying emergency. 

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.

Additional Resources

  • 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

Caring for Each Other Fund Application

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, team members must:

  • Be DUHS staff regularly working 30 or more hours per week
  • Earn less than $50,000/yr (others can apply but will be reviewed on case by case basis)
  • Be employed by DUHS for the previous 12 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

Hardship Qualifying Guidelines

  • Death of a spouse/domestic partner or dependent child, 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
  • Acute disaster that impacts living arrangements and/or conditions (utility, heat/air, etc.) of the applicant (fund does not pay for rent or mortgage)
  • Other extenuating disaster event not connected to the workplace (will be considered on a case-by-case basis)