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.

2021 Annual Conference

The Assistance Fund received overwhelming support during the CSEA’s 95th Annual Conference, held virtually July 25-29, 2021. Between donation pledges, the Disneyland raffle and silent raffle, the show of support raised more than $100,000 for the CSEA Assistance Fund. Thank you to everyone who participated in this amazing effort. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of our CSEA brothers and sisters when they need it most. 

Congratulations to all of the Humanitarian Assistance Silent Auction Fundraiser Winners!

Auction Winners


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 Today

  • 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, 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).

Questions and assistance: Contact CSEA Member Benefits

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