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Restore UofL provides funding to 52 employees

by UofL Today last modified Nov 24, 2009 12:42 PM

Fifty-two University of Louisville employees have received monetary assistance from the university to offset expenses resulting from the Aug. 4 flood and other natural disasters in the past year.

The funding comes through Restore UofL, a fundraising campaign launched after the flood to help faculty and staff whose vehicles and homes received damage.

Faculty, staff, community members and companies involved in campus clean-up contributed $25,000 to the campaign.

"The Aug. 4 flood was an unprecedented natural disaster, and many of our employees suffered because of it," said President James Ramsey. "We appreciate the support of co-workers and the community in helping our colleagues put their lives back in order."

"Many of our employees suffered significant damage, and obviously we could not fully compensate them for their losses," added Provost Shirley Willihnganz. "We hope this funding will help offset some of those costs and lighten their burden, particularly as the holiday season approaches."

Applicants have received amounts varying from $100 to $1,000 depending on the severity of damage and the type of request.

About one-third of all requests were for coverage of auto insurance deductibles - most of those being cars that were submerged on campus Aug. 4, according to the application review committee. Other requests ranged from help replacing a computer struck by lightning to refurbishing a house that suffered about $50,000 in damage.

The committee denied a few requests because applicants did not provide IRS-required documentation of their damages, according to committee chair John Drees.

Many recipients thanked the university community for supporting them during difficult times, he added.

One employee wrote that the campaign is "one more example why I love working at UofL. UofL employees are one big family!"

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