Support Available for Employees Affected by the Haiti Earthquake (Updated 1/15, 9:40 a.m.)
As many individuals in our University community have family members who live in Haiti and are affected by the recent earthquake, 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:
Confidential Counseling Services: HR is coordinating emergency confidential counseling services from Carebridge, our faculty and staff assistance provider. Counselors are available to provide group and individual assistance to employees in both English and Haitian Kreyol. Affected employees are encouraged to contact Alison Nelson, Pierre Joanis, Rhonda Hospedales, Rosalie Jones or Sherry Moore to ensure they receive relevant information about Carebridge’s services.
Other University Resources: The University offers the following benefits and/or services to support employees during times of need:
- Backup Care/Work Options to provide caregiving for children, spouses, partners, and other loved ones;
- Pastoral counseling from the Office of Religious Life;
- Personal leave;
- Family and medical leave;
- Paid or unpaid vacation leave;
- A Web-based “circle of community," provided through Lotsa Helping Hands, to help individuals coordinate responsibilities, get assistance with organizing the activities of daily living, and communicate with family, friends and neighbors;
- Financial counseling for those impacted with unexpected expenses (contact HR at 258-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Carebridge at (800) 437-0911 or email@example.com.
Employee Gathering: Employees from Princeton's facilities' department scheduled a meeting on Friday, January 15, at 9 a.m. in Green Hall O-S-6 (B level) where they shared information, networked and offered support to one another. Members of the community were welcome to come. Staff from HR attended to discuss available resources.
Nondenominational Gathering: The Office of Religious Life organized a nondenominational gathering at the Princeton University Chapel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, in support of the people of Haiti and all who suffer in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake.
Employees seeking information on relatives in Haiti can call the U. S. State Department Hotline at (888) 407-4747.
Those who wish to donate individually are encouraged to make financial contributions. The U.S. State Department provides a link from its website to InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations focused on the world's poor and most vulnerable people. The InterAction website lists many agencies that are responding to the crisis and accepting donations.
For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 258-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.