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Q: Is the Family Fund part of GMS?

A: No. Although GMS supports the GMS Family Fund, the GMS Family Fund is a completely separate corporation that is managed by employees of GMS who voluntarily serve as Officers of the Family Fund. It is overseen by a Board of Directors made up of current and former GMS employees.

Q: Does GMS support the GMS Family Fund?

A: Yes! GMS has been generous in supporting the GMS Family Fund through its initial launch and in endorsing certain fundraisers for the GMS Family Fund. The GMS Family Fund is allowed to use payroll deduction as a means for receiving employee donations and able to have articles printed in GMS Connect. The GMS Family Fund is very grateful for the support from GMS.

Q: Who does GMS Family Fund help?

A. The GMS Family Fund provides financial assistance to eligible employees of GMS and its subsidiaries who have experienced unexpected catastrophic events such as:

  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Death
  • Natural Disaster (severe weather, flood, tornado, etc.)
  • Fire
  • Violence/Domestic Abuse
  • Vehicle Accident
  • Urgent Medical Needs
Q: If the GMS Family Fund helps me financially, do I have to pay the fund back?

A: No. All assistance is provided in the form of a tax free grant and does not require repayment. Our hope is that you will support the GMS Family Fund in the future by donating to help a fellow employee in their time of need.

Q: Are donations tax-deductible?

A:  The GMS Family Fund is a US based nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, donations are tax deductible in the US only.

Q: Do you ever give employees cash?

A: Grants are issued in the form of either a check or prepaid debit card.

Q: Does the GMS Family Fund help GMS and/or GMS Subsidiary employees who have retired?

A: No. Only current GMS employees are eligible for assistance. Eligible employees must meet the following conditions:

  • Be an active, full-time employee of GMS or one of its subsidiaries
  • Have been employed for 90 days or more
  • Have experienced an unexpected catastrophic event within the 3 months prior to the application date, and after 90 days of employment
  • Have not received two Family Fund grants or $4000 in the past 12 months
Q: After I apply for assistance, how long will it take for the GMS Family Fund to help?

A: After an application is received in our office, it is reviewed by the Grant Officer for completeness prior to being forwarded to the GMS Family Fund Approval Committee. You will be notified of the Approval Committee’s decision in 7-10 business days.

Q: Does the GMS Family Fund Approval Committee know my identity when considering my application?

A: No. After your application is received and reviewed by the Grant Officer, all personally identifying information is removed prior to sending it to the Approval Committee. They will provide their decision back to the Grant Officer, who will contact you to notify you of the decision.

Q: Is there any chance that my case will be denied?

A: Because of limited funds, all cases are decided on a priority basis and according to the GMS Family Fund’s assistance criteria. Requests for certain types of assistance will not be considered, including:

  • Loans or cash advances on future pay
  • Financial hardship caused by poor spending habits
  • Loss of wages due to lay-off, termination or reduction in work hours
  • Outstanding medical bills
  • Tax payments
  • Credit card debt
  • Litigation/Legal fees
  • Personal loans
  • Divorce or separation
  • Routine car or household maintenance
  • Funeral expenses for non-immediate family members