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Supporting one another: Hardship resources for faculty and staff

We all work together to support our students and the U community, but sometimes we need support too. Unexpected financial needs impact faculty and staff just like they do students, and they can be an extraordinary financial hardship. To allow university faculty and staff to provide anonymous assistance to their colleagues within the U community, Human Resources has partnered with other areas on campus to establish the OneUCares Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund (the “OneUCares Fund”).

See below for descriptions of both how we can support our faculty and staff, as well as how faculty and staff can apply to receive emergency support.

Provide support 

The OneUCares Fund is made possible because of the support of University leadership and the generosity of U colleagues. You can make a difference in the lives of your fellow staff and faculty today by making a gift to the OneUCares Fund. Gifts to this fund directly support our colleagues in need. Together we are one U and we can take care of one another.

Please consider making a gift to the OneUCares Fund through one of the following options:

  • Online via UGive
  • Enroll or update employee payroll deduction
  • Mail a check, payable to the University of Utah, with OneUCares Fund in the memo, sent to:
    • University Advancement, P.O. Box 410481 Salt Lake City, UT 84141-0481

University Leave Sharing Plan: Supports University employees with donated vacation hours. Donate your vacation leave to colleagues in need by submitting this donation form to Human Resources. Vacation time you do not intend to use can be extremely helpful to a colleague in need of extra time off.

Feed U Pantry: Did you know that the Feed U Pantry is available to faculty and staff as well as students? Support the pantry by making a gift online or by donating non-perishable food. Find out more about food donation guidelines here or contact

The Here for You Fund: supports the top priorities of the hospital including patients and the teams who care for them.

Receive support 

The OneUCares Fund: Employees can find out more about eligibility and apply for the OneUCares Fund via University HR. Questions? Contact University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 or

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP is available for employees enrolled in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan, their enrolled family members, and any other individuals residing in the employee’s home. Information regarding the Employee Assistance Program is available online.

University Leave Sharing Plan: Leave sharing supports University employees with donated vacation hours. To request hours, submit the request for vacation donation form to Human Resources.

Feed U Pantry: The pantry is open to all faculty and staff at the U in need of food and basic hygiene products. For more information on location and operating hours visit here or email

Huntsman Mental Health Institute Mobile Outreach Team: The Huntsman Mental Health Institute Mobile Outreach team is also available to respond in the event of a crisis. The crisis line is 1-800-273-8255.