Blue_Bear_Relief_Fund_LogoThe Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund is designed to provide short-term assistance to employees experiencing severe financial need due to unexpected and unavoidable emergencies.

You must be an HCSC employee for a minimum of six months at the time of the emergency in order to be eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may receive a maximum of one grant per category, per calendar year.

Employees should use available resources such as medical/life insurance, PTO, short/long term disability, personal savings, assistance from family members, etc. before applying for assistance. In the event of an unexpected and unavoidable emergency that places a financial hardship, HCSC employees may apply for assistance by completing the form below.

Note: Program guidelines restrict assistance to employees experiencing severe financial need due to specific unexpected emergencies which can be documented. While all emergencies and financial hardships are unfortunate, incidents outside of program guidelines cannot be approved.

If your needs require immediate action (24 hours) please submit your application for assistance and contact Tulsa Community Foundation at (918) 591-2427 or bluebear@tulsacf.org.

 

How It Helps

In the event of an unexpected and unavoidable emergency that places a financial hardship, HCSC employees may apply for assistance within the following categories and qualifications:

  • Home Catastrophe/Natural Disaster – Amount of Grant: Up to $2,500
    Assistance for employee’s personal residence destroyed, rendered unlivable or otherwise in need of costly repairs in excess of insurance caused by a natural or localized disaster (hurricane, fire, flood, tornado, mudslide, etc.).
  • Funeral or Emergency Travel for Immediate Family – Amount of Grant: Up to $1,000
    Assistance for those who have incurred the loss of an immediate family member, if the employee is financially responsible for funeral arrangements. OR For employees who must travel to visit or care for a terminally ill immediate family member or escort a critically ill immediate family member to an out-of-state medical facility.
  • Personal Emergency (vehicle repair, loss of income, etc.) – Amount of Grant: Up to $500
    For employees who have encountered financial hardships for reasons beyond their control (spouse loss of job, unexpected loss of income, non-routine vehicle repair that restricts ability of applicant to care for self and household, etc.).
  • Medical Emergency (emergency hospitalization, injury, etc.) – Amount of Grant: Up to $500
    For employees who have encountered financial hardships due to medical emergencies (injury, hospitalization, loss of income during medical emergency, etc.).

Upon approval, grant recipients are typically mailed a check made payable to the vendor requesting payment (i.e. landlord, utility company, contractor, etc.).  We understand that each situation is unique so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, bluebear@tulsacf.org.

 

How You Apply

Please click “Apply for Assistance” below to submit an online application form. Detailed instructions to apply for assistance are included on the application.

Alternatively, you may download a printable Blue Bear Employee Relief Application (PDF) here.

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How You Contribute

Grants from the Blue Bear Employee Relief fund are funded solely by donations.  Employees can contribute to the fund using the “Make A Donation” Paypal button below. All contributions are tax-deductible up to the amount allowed by law.

Every dollar amount will make a difference in the life of one of your fellow employees.

For more information please contact bluebear@tulsacf.org.