The Homer Fund® provides financial assistance to associates facing unexpected hardships, offers scholarships to associates’ children based on financial need and academic performance, and supports our people with financial information to help them prepare for emergencies. Since 1999, The Homer Fund has awarded more than 176,000 grants to totaling more than $250 million to assist associates and their families facing unexpected hardships.
• Direct grants of up to $10,000 help associates facing emergencies and tragic events, such as the death of a parent or child, natural disasters, illness or injury, a spouse’s layoff and more.
• Matching grants are a unique way the Homer Fund recognizes the generosity of our people toward one another. When associates collect donations for a co-worker in need, their money is matched by The Homer Fund — $2 for every $1 associates collect, up to $5,000 or the associate’s actual need. Matching grants may be used for expenses that are ineligible for direct grants. They also may be used to complement direct grants, providing additional support.
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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ASSOCIATES’ CHILDREN
The Homer Fund’s Orange Scholars Scholarship program offers scholarships to qualified children or dependents of hourly associates based on financial need, academic performance, community involvement and leadership. Financial need is the highest consideration. Since the Orange Scholars launch in 2006, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 16,000 recipients, totaling $38 million.
In addition to our grant and scholarship programs, we provide associates with access to a range of Homer Fund-backed resources to support their financial well-being and decision-making, including how to save for emergencies and protect themselves against fraud.