UC Riverside has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a program that provides financial support to employees who are in trouble due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by the Office of Annual Giving, the campaign has a fundraising goal of $ 100,000 for the Employee emergency fundand has achieved more than half of its goal of nearly $ 58,000 to date.

The Employee Emergency Fund was formed in September with an opening balance of $ 300,000.

“If you can find a way we can help us achieve this $ 100,000 goal and improve the lives of so many people here at UCR, I would be personally grateful, and I know it would mean so much to our colleagues in need.” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said.

The Fund awards grants of up to $ 1,000 to cover unexpected expenses for employees working half-time or longer, including those who are temporarily laid off. Employees with a base salary of $ 75,000 or less who have been with UCR continuously for six months or more and are exposed to temporary financial difficulties are eligible.

The funds can be used to cover costs for housing, supplies, medicine, transportation, child and adult care. As qualified disaster aid payments, the grants are exempt from federal taxation.

Since inception, the fund has awarded $ 336,208 to 345 employees in early January.

The campus began accepting donations when the program started and launched the crowdfunding campaign to continue the program and help as many employees as possible, said Crystal Sankey, director of annual donations.

The campus leaders hope to continue the program as long as a federal disaster declaration is in place and funds are available.

Further information on the crowdfunding campaign can be found here Here. Employees can find more information about the Employee Emergency Fund Here and the application Here.