August 18, 2016

Employees can use Kroger discount card to support the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund



The Medical Center Staff Advisory Council and Work/Life Connections-EAP, on behalf of the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund, ask for support from staff and faculty so they can continue to assist colleagues in need.

August is the annual re-enrollment time for the Kroger Community Rewards program. Under the system, shoppers register their Kroger discount cards online and choose a favorite charity from a list of local nonprofits that Kroger has agreed to help fund. Kroger then tracks all the card holder's purchases (excluding alcohol, tobacco and gasoline), with every dollar counting as a vote for the shopper's preferred organization.

Shoppers don't sacrifice any in-store discounts or gas points they earn on their Kroger card; the charitable component is a separate, extra feature.

Participating in this program is an easy way for Vanderbilt employees to help co-workers in crisis. After registering your Kroger card online and selecting ‘Vanderbilt” as  your designated charity, all you have to do is swipe the card when you check out at the store. Last year this program donated more than $10,000 to the Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund. Going forward this will benefit both the VU and VUMC Hardship Funds.

The process is easy. For step-by-step instructions go to

The Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund was designed to help Vanderbilt faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to a significant life event. Applicants must be full-time employees who have worked at Vanderbilt for more than one year and are not under a disciplinary action status.   

To apply, the Vanderbilt faculty/staff member needs to schedule an appointment with a Work/Life Connections-EAP clinical counselor by calling for a confidential appointment at 615-936-1327. 

For more information on eligibility and the process of applying for assistance from The Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund, please visit the Work/Life Connections – EAP website at