Associates for Associates
WHAT IS ASSOCIATES FOR ASSOCIATES?
The Associates for Associates Emergency Fund is an opportunity for associates to provide support to fellow associates through supplemental assistance in times of extreme financial hardship. This fund is managed by The Salvation Army to provide emergency assistance, which includes community resources and monetary aid to associates as a result of a catastrophic event or severe personal crisis. These events can include, but are not limited to, a home being destroyed by fire, a serious medical condition and a natural disaster.
HOW IS ASSOCIATES FOR ASSOCIATES FUNDED?
Simply put — this is a family effort. The Associates for Associates Emergency Fund was created with a significant gift from Victoria’s Secret & Co. in partnership with L Brands in 2005. However, your personal contributions are pivotal in providing support to fellow associates in times of extreme financial hardship. All donations made to the Associates for Associate emergency fund will be matched dollar for dollar by The Victoria’s Secret & Co Foundation and will be tax deductible. NOTE: Acknowledgement of your tax-deductible donation will appear on your W-2.
HOW WILL MONEY BE DISTRIBUTED?
The Salvation Army will review and make decisions on all applications for assistance. A licensed caseworker will apply pre-determined guidelines in support of “qualifying events” as agreed upon by Victoria’s Secret & Co. to assess the immediate situation and determine eligibility. Once approved, funds will be paid directly to the associate or vendor where dollars are owed.
HOW DO I HELP?
All interested associates can make a tax-deductible financial donation to the Associates for Associates Fund by electing to sign up for regular payroll deductions or by writing a personal check.
- Send a check made payable to the Salvation Army with indication in the memo portion that it is for the Victoria’s Secret & Co. fund/A4A and mail to:
The Salvation Army
966 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
- Elect to make payroll deductions. The electronic form (e-form) can be found in HR Access using the Employment Forms link on the main page. Simply follow the prompts on your screen.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE?
Associates must complete a Grant Consideration Form. This form can be found by using the following link: Grant Consideration Form. The completed form should be sent directly to The Salvation Army using one of the following methods: (fax) (614) 221-1896, (email) VS.A4A@use.salvationarmy.org or (mail) 966 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43205. The associate will be contacted directly by the Salvation Army for any additional information needed to support of the application.
HOW MANY ASSOCIATES HAVE BEEN HELPED?
Since the fund was created in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina, the Associates for Associates Emergency Fund has distributed more than $2.7 million in grants to assist more than 2,595 associates facing hardships due to emergency situations beyond their control.