A single mother supporting two children may work two part-time jobs. She does not have a car, so she is limited in where she can work. Her income falls above the federal poverty line. It puts a roof over the heads of her and her children, and usually gets food on the table. But she cannot grow a savings account. An unexpected expense could throw the family into chaos. She has to skimp on child care and health care.
The Employee Compassion Fund is a University emergency assistance program funded entirely by Notre Dame faculty and staff contributions to the annual United Way campaign — five percent of each pledge supports the fund. The program is administered by the Family and Children’s Center, and is designed to assist employees who find themselves in temporary financial hardship. The funds are not taxable as income.