EY Faculty Connection - Issue 38

The EY family comes together in the aftermath of Sandy

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In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the EY family has banded together to help each other cope and get back on their feet.

On an individual level, we’ve reached out to one another to understand how the storm has affected our colleagues and their families. We’ve covered for teammates left without power and heat and kept our people worldwide informed of our personal situations.

We’ve even come together to help each other find the most basic of needs: housing, clothing and daily living supplies.

On an organizational level, we moved quickly to put resources in place and focus our efforts on supporting our people. Here are some examples of what we’ve been able to offer:

The EY Assist Hurricane Sandy Housing Exchange made it possible for an employee to provide temporary housing for an EY colleague (and his/her family) impacted by Hurricane Sandy. More than 271 EY families opened their homes, and almost 3,000 people have visited our Housing Exchange listing.

Office open houses became a home away from home in impacted areas, providing employees with food, shelter, hot showers, a place to work and resources for our people and their families. EY Assist, our employee assistance program, provided two licensed counselors and backup care representatives on site in our offices on 5 Times Square.

Backup child and adult care was of critical concern to many of our employees as they struggled with power outages, damage to their homes, as well as their daily responsibilities. Our Crisis Care Advantage Program makes a $65 a day reimbursement available for people to utilize a family member, friend or neighbor as backup care.

The EY Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund was established because so many of our people raised their hands to ask how they could help. Employees, partners and retired partners across the US can make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund, which is being used to fill grant requests from employees who need assistance with residential repairs, temporary housing costs, replacement of household belongings and much more.

Within the first three hours of the fund's launch, more than $30,000 was donated and to date, we've raised over $1.1 million.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our people in the wake of a disaster is our number one priority. Time lost to power outages, temporary relocation and recovery as a result of the superstorm was fully excused, and our employees had the flexibility to work around their altered schedules.

At EY, our culture of care brings us together in support of one another, both personally and professionally.

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