If you have a problem, if no one else can help, maybe you can hire the E-Team! The Research Foundation is hosting the 2020 ECHO Team Membership Drive June 1-5. And this year, you can celebrate being a member of the E-Team!
Earlier this year, The Research Foundation expanded the scope of the ECHO Team's support due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Employee Assistance Fund requests due to loss of hours and/or loss of income of an employee or spouse are now considered. Our COVID-19 relief efforts helped this Research employee:
“I was laid off from my part-time job at Research Medical Center in March. I was still working at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, but reduced to 12 hours. I was no longer working 65 hours a week or more. All of this transpired when COVID-19 hit our state. My son was sent home from college and hardly any income was coming into my home. My bills accumulated very quickly. I applied for assistance through the employee assistance fund and within 48 hours my application was accepted. They did everything possible to make sure my immediate needs were taken care of. I am grateful for this program because I would not have a home if it wasn’t for the ECHO Team. They gave me hope and belief all over again. Thank you for saving me and my son.”
How can you help?
Every year, dozens of Research employees are referred to the ECHO Team for assistance. Without the generous support of their Research co-workers, these employees would be unable to provide the basic needs for their families during emergency situations. Here’s how you can help.
Join and receive an ECHO t-shirt.
Members who contribute $56 or more will receive a specially designed commemorative 2020 ECHO Team t-shirt and be listed on the ECHO Team plaque displayed in the cafeteria. Join the ECHO Team here.
Become a member of the Hour Club.
Those who contribute an hour’s wage each pay period are members of the Hour Club. No matter what your salary is, you can be a member of this elite group. Join the Hour Club here.
Pick up your t-shirt.
Pick up your t-shirt from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 1-5 in the Research Medical Center cafeteria. Just provide your name when picking up your shirt. If you've already received your 2020 shirt, you don't need to drop by.
The Research Foundation is offering special COVID-19 assistance for Research Medical Center employees in need through the ECHO Team's Employee Assistance Fund.
Due to the challenges Research Medical Center employees are facing related to the COVID-19 health pandemic, The Research Foundation has expanded the ECHO Team's scope of support during this crisis.
Since 1994, The Research Foundation's Employee Assistance Fund has provided support to employees in emergency financial need. The fund has been and continues to be exclusively funded by employee contributions. It pays for basic needs such as rent or mortgage payments, utility payments and food. To respond to emergencies related to the outbreak of COVID-19, requests for assistance due to loss of hours and/or loss of income of an employee or spouse will also be considered.
Apply for assistance
Research Medical Center employees are eligible for $250 to $2,000 from The Research Foundation's Employee Assistance Fund. Employees can explain their need for support by completing the online application.
Find additional assistance at these organizations:
Contribute to COVID-19 relief
During these uncertain times, The Research Foundation and the ECHO Team are helping employees that are faced with challenges related to the the COVID-19 health pandemic. You can make a one-time donation to help Research Medical Center employees. Health care and hospital workers need support of all kinds. Make a contribution in their honor below.
Join the ECHO Team
If you are an employee at Research Medical Center's Meyer Campus and Brookside Campus, Research Psychiatric Center or Research College of Nursing, you can support the Employee Assistance Fund and our other health education and scholarship programs by joining the ECHO Team.
Every year, dozens of Research employees are referred to the ECHO Team for assistance. Without the generous support of their Research co-workers, these employees would be unable to provide the basic needs for their families during emergency situations. Sign up to join and give back to your coworkers through simple payroll deduction.
The difference you can make:
"The ECHO Team enabled me to heal and return to work with a roof over my head."
"The funds were a tremendous asset. I didn’t have another source of assistance and this kept my son from being homeless."
"I have greatly benefited from the Employee Assistance Fund. I’m still struggling, but without the ECHO Team’s help, I don’t know where I’d be."