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Benevolent Fund employee interviewing a UAB employee.The Employee Emergency Assistance Program provides relief in times of crisis. One of the Benevolent Fund’s priorities is to provide support to Blazers in need—and a chief way the fund does just that is through the Employee Emergency Assistance Program (EEAP).

Through the EEAP, the Benevolent Fund helps UAB employees who need financial assistance because of a crisis situation in their lives, such as a fire, natural disaster, theft, accident, safety from a domestic violence situation or illness, to name a few. After completing a documentation process, employees of UAB Callahan Eye, UA Health Services Foundation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB Health System, UAB Hospital, and VIVA Health can qualify for confidential financial assistance during their time of need.

EEAP is one of the programs that has existed since the Benevolent Fund’s inception in 1984. The program has provided $4.6 million to 4,700 employees, and employees may receive a maximum of $1,500 during a 12-month period, with a maximum lifetime award of three annual maximums, or a total of $4,500. Full-time regular and temporary employees, part-time regular employees, fellows and residents, those who work three 12 hour shifts per week and retirees up to 90 days following retirement are eligible for EEAP assistance.

At UAB, we support one another, and when UAB employees encounter their most difficult days, the EEAP is available to help them navigate their path forward.