The application process starts when you contact the Unison office by phone (1-855-986-4766, ext. 3; or by email at email@example.com. The staff will review with you your situation and will go over the requirements with you. The application process will ask for details about your professional background and your reason for approaching Unison. We also ask for two references. We may contact your references to confirm the details of your work history. They will not be given any information about your application.
You will be asked to provide information about your financial situation. Many people find it difficult to talk about finances like this so we provide guidelines explaining exactly what is needed. Assessment is based on your household income, so we will also ask for details of your partner’s financial situation, or anyone else who is a part of your household.
A committee of your peers will promptly review your application, which will be known to them only by a file name. No personal information will be divulged.
If you are approved, you will be provided with emergency financial assistance and/or financial, career or personal counselling. Assistance will be tailored to each applicant’s personal circumstances.
The assistance of the Unison Benevolent Fund is short-term, helping you to address a crisis situation. We will move quickly to determine what help we can provide and what actions may be necessary for you to re-establish independence from Unison. You may be asked to take career, credit or personal counselling as a condition of receiving financial assistance.