Employees around the country will hear about the ONE Fund during Monday’s Professional Development Day. The ONE Fund is a collection of voluntary contributions by employees, for employees in times of need. By contributing to the ONE Fund, each Knowledge Universe employee can help their colleagues when they need it most.
Jennifer Robertson, a center director from Chicago, shares why she’s proud to contribute to the ONE fund:
The One Fund is an important opportunity to give back to our [KU] family, but more importantly it could be a way for your [KU] family to give to you when you need it most. Believe me when I say, I know you could not possibly imagine ever needing something like this. I didn’t think so either, but I was in for the shock of my life.
My daughter (who is now six) got sick when she was 16 months old. On December 4 I rushed her to the ER when she was having difficulty walking. The doctors could not find a cause and sent us home. The next day she was unable to move. I pulled her out of the crib rushed her again to the emergency room where we were admitted for an entire month. After testing, an MRI showed swelling in her cervical spine caused by Transverse Myelitis, a spinal cord infection that can happen in response to your immune system fighting off a cold. Completely terrified and unsure of what was to come, we spent almost the entire month of December in the hospital. Short term disability did not cover anything, as it was not my illness, and all we had to get us through was our faith that it would all work out.
Luckily, even though this program was not in existence back when I needed it, I had a wonderful KinderCare family who came together to purchase gift cards to help me get through the holidays. I was a 22-year-old mother of two, working as a preschool teacher, making what teachers were making. Sure we made it through but it was tough. Knowing that anyone going through something similar will be able to worry about one less thing fills my heart with joy. You never think anything will happen, but it only takes one day for things to change.
I am proud to be part of such a company, and my hope is that we continue to grow as a family and help each other in any way that we can.
With a small contribution from an employee’s paycheck, money is available for coworkers in need in times of crisis, like a medical emergency, natural disaster, or a personal loss. Sign-up forms are available from center directors and at KUBenefits.com.