The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund
CSEA takes care of its members on the job, but it also lends a helping hand in times of crisis. The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund provides financial relief to members in need and is disbursed through two different programs: the Emergency Assistance Program and the Humanitarian Assistance Program. To be eligible for either of these programs you must be a CSEA member in good standing or a CSEA staff employee in paid status.
Have-a-Heart Month Fundraisers
During this February’s Have-a-Heart Month, CSEA raised more than $38,000 to help members in need of emergency and humanitarian assistance. Thank you to everyone who participated in the silent auction, live auction and Welk Resort raffle. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of our CSEA brothers and sisters when they need it most.
Welk Resort raffle winner: Carolann Haley, Grossmont High Chapter 443, Area K, Region 15
Fund relies on donations
Support for the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund doesn’t come from union dues—it relies solely on donations from our CSEA family. If you’ve already made a donation, thank you for your generosity. If not, please consider how much your contribution will be appreciated by those members in need. Donate Today.
Donate Online: Use our easy-to-use online donation form.
Donate by check: Please send your donation to:
Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
Donate by phone: Call CSEA Member Benefits 866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732), option 1.
Donate by payroll deduction: Give a little each pay period.
Payroll Deduction Form
We strongly encourage members to email applications and accompanying documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, if possible. This will expedite processing and ensure that the application does not get delayed or lost in the mail.
Emergency Assistance Program
CSEA policy 1010.4
If a member’s primary residence is deemed uninhabitable as the result of a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, fire or flood, that member can apply for up to $1,000 in immediate emergency assistance. This program may also be used to assist eligible organizations that are providing aid in areas that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of a catastrophic event (eg. fire, earthquake, or flood).
Humanitarian Assistance Program
CSEA policy 1010.3
When a member incurs significant financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control, that member can apply for up to $500 of financial relief through the Humanitarian Assistance Program. Applications and corroborating documentation must be submitted to CSEA Member Benefits within 30 days of the financial emergency. If approved, payments will be made directly to appropriate vendors (utility company, landlord, mortgage lender, etc.).
Questions and assistance: Contact CSEA Member Benefits