Park Employees

Employee Support Fund

Established in 2003, ESF is a tax-exempt independent, non-profit corporation to provide immediate, short-term financial assistance to eligible HE&R employees who are experiencing a financial hardship caused by a qualifying event.


Who Is An Eligible HE&R Employee?

Full-time or part-time regular employee (PTR, PTRB, or PTRB+) of HE&R who has been employed for at least 90 days prior to the qualifying event.

Part-time and part-time seasonal employee of HE&R who has been employed for at least 1 year or who has accumulated 500 hours since most recent hire date.

What Is A Qualifying Event?

An unexpected or sudden event such as, but not limited to:

  • Death of an immediate family member of an eligible employee
  • Severe/critical illness or injury of an eligible employee or her/his immediate family member
  • Natural disaster
  • Unexpected property loss

Note: An immediate family member is defined as the eligible employee's spouse, domestic partner, or dependent parent or child residing with the eligible employee.

How Can I Apply For ESF?

Eligible employees need to complete and submit an application. Learn more about the application process, or download the application here.

How Is ESF Funded?

  • Voluntary contributions by HE&R employees
    • For one-time contributions:
      DONATE WITH PAYPAL
    • For payroll deduction contributions, log onto MyPath, update your benefits, and select the Employee Support Fund.
  • HE&R also contributes up to $1 for every $1 an employee donates to the ESF.
  • The ESF has periodic fundraising events, including an annual Golf Tournament.

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