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The Hardship Fund

The Stony Brook Hardship Fund, which was established through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), can help Stony Brook University Community members affected by a sudden and unexpected event. Historically, this Fund has only been available to faculty and staff. However, President Stanley has opened it to students in need as well. For application details and a complete list of all the resources available to you, please visit EAP's site or call their office at (631) 632-6085.

It's important to note that the Hardship Fund is entirely dependent on contributions from members of our campus community and is part of our It's About Us Faculty/Staff Campaign. Contributions can be made online or by sending a check payable to:

The Stony Brook Foundation, Hardship Fund (Account Number: 296240)
Stony Brook Foundation Business Office
230 Administration Bldg.
Zip 1188

You can also make a gift to the Hardship Fund via payroll deduction »
After "Designation," type "Hardship Fund."

The Hardship Fund Supports Superstorm Sandy Victims

Since November 2012, the Employee Hardship Fund has approved applications from 28 employees and 20 students.

Employee Hardship Fund Recipients by Location:

Hospital = 17
HSC  = 2
West Campus = 4
Tech Park = 1
South Campus = 1

How the Fund is Helping

"My home was flooded out during Hurricane Sandy and as of right now I’m still waiting on flood insurance. For the past two months, I’ve been paying out of pocket for everything that needs to be repaired. I have a new baby at home and we’re first time home owners and I’m very grateful for everything I’ve received from the hardship fund. I think it’s nice that we can help each other and I know that moving forward, I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life."

–Michael Attard, MA, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital


"At a time where there were so many things that needed to be addressed (where I was going to stay, how I was going to get reimbursed by the insurance company and how I was going fix the house), the hardship fund helped me to get new clothes and replace what was important. When something like this happens, people don’t know where to turn to for help. The hardship fund gave immediate assistance, so I could get the help I needed right away."

–Paul Ferrari, Stony Brook Employee 


"I wanted to thank you for helping me. The silver lining through this horrific storm experience has been that Stony Brook truly is part of my family and has helped me more than I ever expected. I am blessed to be part of this caring system."

–Christine Schuhmacher, RN, BSN, MS, CQI Department, Stony Brook University Medical Center


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