Helping Hands Program

Hall County Helping Hands
As Hall County government employees, we are public servants charged with making this community a better place to live, work and play. That dedication to service has not wavered despite the recent economic downturn that's touched every household across the nation. Although the national financial landscape has presented many challenges in recent years, the economy appears to be taking a turn for the better. An economic turn was also felt close to home at the start of Calendar Year 2013, when Hall county Government employees saw their furloughs eliminated and 4% base retirement contributions restored. In light of those events and the fact that many needs remain, Hall county will refresh its approach to giving to this community and to 1 another.

Hall county is pleased to offer the "Hall County's Helping Hands Program." The Helping Hands Program is an opportunity for Hall county employees to support our community organizations such as the Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation, Hall county Animal Shelter, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes and United Way. The Helping Hands Program also affords employees the opportunity to help each other through additional programs.

In addition to the non-profits employees are given an opportunity to consider each year, 2 additional programs are offered.

Employees First Fund
The first is the Employees First Fund, which is a resource for employees who suffer a major financial setback that has caused undue hardship to his or her family. Employees may apply for financial assistance when they have faced a catastrophic event such as a fire or tornado; or when a serious debilitating illness or death has occurred in their family. Employees will be able to apply for funding from the Employees First Fund beginning in 2015, once a year's worth of donations have been collected. Applications to receive funding from this program will be available in the Human Resources Department at that time.

H.E.R.O. Scholarships
The second new program is the H.E.R.O. Scholarship. H.E.R.O. stands for Hall Employees Reaching Out. The annual scholarship program will benefit the children of Hall county Government employees and will be awarded each spring. All applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, demonstrate financial need, write an essay, and participate in a personal interview with the scholarship review committee. The scholarship amount will be based on donations the previous year with the first scholarship being awarded in April of 2015.

For more information and details about the program you can download the packet (PDF).