Acts of Kindness
Faculty/Staff Assistance Service
FSAWS has been helping employees and their families during the holiday season for the last 15 plus years. As we look to be more inclusive and provide ongoing support, we are now expanding the program to offer opportunities for departments to help individuals and families throughout the year. Applicants can be identified through the Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund, employee families that have accessed FSAWS services, or through a department that has identified an employee in need. There will be four opportunities for a department to provide support and here are a few ideas:
Spring Forward – Spring can bring new life to an employee in need. Departments could provide food or gas cards to someone going through a medical crisis. Many families struggle with summer coverage for childcare/camp participation. A department may support a family through a donation for childcare or sending a child to camp.
Summer Break – Although it is summer, school is around the corner. School supplies and the cost of children returning to school can be challenging. Departments can offer to gather school supplies for children or offer gift cards to purchase supplies. Some employees may be weathering a lay off period in the summer, have unexpected expenses, and could benefit from financial support
Fall Harvest – Thanksgiving is an opportunity to show all employees and families a giving spirit, in the best way…food! Departments have an opportunity to purchase food items and baskets for employees and families in need.
Winter Warmth – Winter can be a challenging time for all. Departments could support an individual, couple or family in many ways with winter clothing, food delivery and donations to support during the holiday season.