Free Financial Resources for USF Employees
It goes without saying that the economic crisis over the last few years has touched everyone. We know that many of our employees have been severely impacted, and even those who haven’t been hit as hard may feel the stress of increased responsibility, either at work or home, and fear of a future of uncertainty.
Whatever your situation may be, we want you to know that USF and the local community have free financial, legal and emotional resources and services available to help you and members of your household get through this difficult time. We encourage and invite you to use some of the FREE resources listed here.
· USF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided through Magellan Health Services, offers information, guidance and counseling on emotional, financial, legal and other matters. Call 1-800-327-8705 to speak with a caring, trained professional at any time. They are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Their website also provides tools and information to assist. The EAP is a free benefit that is available to everyone in your household. Information is confidential, and USF does not receive any identifiable information about those who use the service.
· 211/Tampa Bay Cares is a local clearinghouse of United Way resources. Dial 2-1-1 anytime, day or night, to receive free assistance to help with your concerns. Their professionals will help find an agency, support center, clinic or counselor to identify and assist with issues including, but not limited to domestic abuse, disasters, unemployment, personal financial difficulties, the need for food and non-emergency health care, legal assistance, medical health counseling, senior care, housing and substance abuse programs. Their website features a search option for people who prefer to search for resources on their own.
· Members of the FRS Pension Plan and FRS Investment Plan have access to the MyFRS Financial Guidance Program. Financial planners from Ernst & Young can assist you by phone or in person, and the MyFRS Website offers tools, resources, workshops and calculators to help you make financial decisions and plans.
· If you have a 403(b) account or are a member of the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), a representative from your provider company can meet with you to work out a financial plan that best suits your individual needs. Click here for a complete list of contacts for 403(b) plans. Click here for a list of contacts for ORP plans.
Who couldn’t use a helping hand from time to time? Here’s the good news – it’s available and easy to receive through these sources.
If you are aware of other resources, or if you would like to recommend topics for future workshops that Human Resources could offer to employees, please contact your HR Service Center Manager.