Compassion Fund helps Notre Dame employees with financial emergencies

Author: Erin Blasko

University of Notre Dame employees who donate to the United Way of St. Joseph County also support the Employee Compassion Fund, an emergency assistance program that helps members of the Notre Dame community faced with temporary financial hardship. For every amount pledged to the United Way by a Notre Dame employee, five percent is deposited into the fund to help members of the campus community respond to financial crises resulting from unforeseen events or circumstances such as fire, natural disaster or illness. Since 2015, the fund has provided more than $41,000 in assistance to 49 employees, including more than $24,000 to 25 employees in 2016.…

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Accessing Affordable Banking Services

Author: Erin Blasko

According to the White House Council on Economic Advisers, about 7 percent of American households lack access to a bank account, while another 20 percent have a bank account but supplement it with non-traditional financial services like check cashing or payday loans. In an effort to address the problem, the United Way of St. Joseph County recently joined with other area United Ways, 1st Source Bank, the South Shore Line and Chase to launch the Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance.…

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