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Staff Emergency Fund 2020

Raised toward our $20,000 Goal
152 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 31, at 09:00 AM CDT
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Staff Emergency Fund 2020

We never know when unexpected hardships may hit, but thanks to the Staff Emergency Fund, UT Staff Members are able to get the resources they need to get through tough times. 


The Staff Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance when UT staff members are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. This services is funded primarily through the generosity of the UT staff community, and we need your help to ensure that Staff Emergency Fund can meet the rising requests for emergency funding. 


Your gift to the Staff Emergency Fund can make all the difference in the lives of your fellow staff members. Donations will help support staff members like... 


Chérie Amour Pittman

Marketing Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students

When Chérie was unexpectedly hospitalized for a week, she was grateful to be a UT staff member with health insurance, but she knew that there were going to be associated costs with her hospitalization that she had no idea how she was going to pay for. When the bills started arriving and she had to purchase pricey medication, she felt overwhelmed and scared. As a single-person household, she didn't have a support network to help her get through this financial hardship. Thankfully, her boss recommended that she apply for a Staff Emergency Fund grant. 


"I felt a lot of anxiety because of my situation. I wasn't prepared for the additional medication, expenses, and co-pays from the hospital. If you are considering donating [to the Staff Emergency Fund] I would say absolutely because you never know when it's going to be you." 


Fran Peña

HR Administrative Associate , LBJ School of Public Affairs

Shortly after Fran was diagnosed with a mental illness, she checked herself into a mental health hospital for her own safety. The ordeal was hard enough to recover from without the mounting bills that weren't covered by insurance from an ambulance ride to medications and more. Thankfully she heard about the Staff Emergency Fund and applied for a grant to help cover some of the costs. This allowed her to take the time she needed to get better without added financial stress. 


"To go through what I did along with getting better, it just doesn't help when you have the burden of hospital bills. I felt so much relief after receiving a Staff Emergency Fund grant, like a huge burden was taken off of me."  


Elsa Ramos

Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid


After falling on her kitchen floor and breaking her arm, Elsa faced a series of medical problems, including damaged vertebrae, that necessitated time-consuming and expensive operations and recovery. As a single-person household, she didn't have anyone to help her through her physical and financial struggles. When she heard about the Staff Emergency Fund, she applied and was overjoyed to receive a grant to help ease some of her financial woes. 


"Being in that situation financially, it doesn't allow you to concentrate on getting better. You're so worried about everything else - about all the little details like 'how am I going to buy my medicine?' and 'am I going to be able to afford physical therapy?' I didn't know what I was going to do so I decided I'd apply [for a Staff Emergency Fund grant]. I don't know what I would've done without receiving this. It really felt like I was supported by my community." 

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Hook 'em

The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883 and for over 137 years, staff members like you have been building its legacy. Your gift will help them in their time of greatest need.


40 Acres

Our campus spans 40 acres of Austin. Your gift will go towards grants for these hardworking staff members when they need it most.


Burnt Orange

The University of Texas at Austin was founded with $100,000 in US bonds to become the first public university in the state of Texas. Your gift of $100 will cover approximately 10% of a grant for a staff member in need.



There are 156 undergraduate degree programs at UT Austin supported by staff like you. Your gift will make a big difference to your fellow staff members in need.



There are over 24,000 staff and faculty members at UT Austin who help students transform lives for the benefit of society. Your gift will cover approximately 25% of a grant for a UT staff member experiencing an emergency.


Big Bertha

There are 51,832 students at UT Austin who are supported by incredible staff members like you. Your gift would cover over half of an average grant for a staff member.


The Eyes of Texas

Your gift of $1,000 would sponsor an entire grant to help a UT staff member through their time of greatest need.

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