Support Available for Employees Affected by the Philippine Typhoon (Updated 11/19/13 at 2:30 p.m.)

As many individuals in our University community have family members or friends who live in the Philippines and are affected by the recent typhoon, the Office of Human Resources wants to communicate the following information to help our employees cope with this disaster and to support them as they attempt to respond. This announcement may be updated as new information is learned so please check back.

Vigil: Tuesday, November 19, 5:30–6:00 p.m. at the Plaza between Firestone and the Chapel

Other Initiatives: Pace Center

Confidential Counseling Services: Confidential counseling services from Carebridge, our faculty and staff assistance provider, are available for benefits-eligible faculty and staff and graduate students. Counselors are available to provide group and individual assistance to employees. Affected employees are encouraged to contact Carebridge directly at (800) 437-0911 or Lynn Herbine in the Office of Human Resources at 8-9118. Several articles to help affected faculty and staff cope with the aftermath of the storm are posted on our website.

Pastoral Counseling: The Office of Religious Life (ORL) provides pastoral counseling services for all faculty, staff and students. ORL can organize a vigil at the Princeton University Chapel. Interested individuals should contact ORL directly at or 8-3047.

Financial Assistance: Financial counseling for those impacted with unexpected expenses  may contact Michelle Kalayjian in HR at 258-8960 or Carebridge at (800) 437-0911.

Other University Resources: The University offers the following benefits and/or services to support employees during times of need:

Employees seeking more information about how to help in the Philippines can also visit the U.S. State Department website

Philippine Consulate, New York City

Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Those who wish to donate individually are encouraged to make financial contributions. The U.S. State Department provides the following links from its website to organizations that are responding to the crisis and accepting donations: 

Please refer to the International Princeton website for general information about how the University community can share and find resources and information about campus and University-sponsored response efforts for international disaster relief.

For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 258-3300 or