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When catastrophes happen, Employees 1st is there. Working with companies and co-workers, we make cash grants to employees who are coping with catastrophic difficulties. A worker whose family member has cancer, for instance, may get a grant to cover expenses for housing near a faraway hospital. Or an employee who loses a home to a fire could get money for temporary housing. Employees 1st is an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which knows how to help workers. The Foundation partnered with companies after Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to assist thousands of uprooted employees with more than $20 million in hardship grants.

   

When the businesses were ready to reopen after Katrina, many of the skilled—and thankful—employees returned to their jobs.

The Foundation made grants to deepwater rig workers affected by the Gulf oil leak.

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Who We Are


Assemble the team before you need it.

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Who We Are


Assemble the team before you need it.

Employees 1st is a charitable service provided by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, whose assets of more than $600 million rank it among the top 20 of more than 700 community foundations in the country. Operating for nearly 50 years, the Foundation manages charitable savings accounts, managing the funds and guiding grants to nonprofits across the world.

Employees 1st partners with companies to provide short-term financial assistance to their workers who are faced with unexpected catastrophes not covered by insurance. It was created by and is an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which has a solid record of success in managing employee assistance funds. After Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation created and managed employee assistance funds for 16 companies.

Among them were Emeril Lagasse Restaurants, Oreck Vacuums, Whitney National Bank and McIlhenny Co., the maker of Tabasco pepper sauce. Employers relied on the Foundation to deliver more than $8.5 million in aid to hundreds of uprooted workers after Katrina. After the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, BP chose the Foundation to manage a $100 million donation. This money was used to assist deepwater rig workers who had suddenly seen their incomes reduced, or vanish altogether, as a result of the federal halt on deepwater drilling.

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What We Do


Once a fund is established, Employees 1st manages the fund for the company by:

• Vetting the application process 

• Reporting balance and usage 

• Marketing program to employees 

• Reporting year-end tax donations

Read some examples below...

 

 

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What We Do


Once a fund is established, Employees 1st manages the fund for the company by:

• Vetting the application process 

• Reporting balance and usage 

• Marketing program to employees 

• Reporting year-end tax donations

Read some examples below...

 

 

A Soft Landing

Hurricane Katrina scattered the most valuable employees of too many New Orleans businesses. Some business owners wanted to make sure their displaced workers were cared for until the doors reopened. Emeril Lagasse Restaurants, Oreck Vacuums, Whitney National Bank and McIlhenny Co. were among 16 companies that opened and funded employee assistance accounts at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

From there, the Foundation went to work, locating employees and getting them the money they deserved. We granted more than $8.5 million to employees, with the money deductible to businesses and not taxable as income to the workers. When the businesses were ready for operations, many of the skilled—and thankful—employees returned to their jobs, helping to get New Orleans back on its feet as well.

Bridge to Normal

The federal government imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf of Mexico oil leak in 2010. To assist deepwater rig workers, BP donated $100 million to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. At the Foundation, we first created a supporting nonprofit with an independent board to manage the donation. Then we hired an established Louisiana firm to manage thousands of grant applications from deepwater rig workers. Our staff reviewed each of the completed applications to make sure qualified employees received the financial help that was due to them. Since, most of those workers have returned to produce energy for the world.

 

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How It Works


How it works

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How it works

Employees 1st partners with companies and their employees to make cash grants to employees facing unexpected difficulties that require financial assistance.

How so? Companies establish assistance funds with Employees 1st and set up accounts exclusively for their employees and their families. Once a company sets up an account, employees can donate to the assistance fund. Because these accounts are set up before a specific event, contributions are tax deductible and the recipient of the grants do not have to pay taxes.

Then, when the need arises, that money is available to assist qualified employees in their time of critical need.

Employees 1st makes it simple for companies and their employees. We use reputable firms to manage the funds and our staff handles fund requests.

Knowing that employees in distress want a simple way to apply for funds, we offer an easy application process at a secure site. And we promise a quick review process that delivers money quickly to employees who apply for assistance.