All regular Evergy employees who have completed six months of service may be eligible to participate and receive support from the program.
Because of the nature of the topics for discussion, all personal information regarding requestor's needs and any other information that may be brought forth in support of making fund disbursement decisions must be kept confidential by all Committee members.
Below are definitions relative to assistance that can be requested. Employees requesting assistance must complete a REACH application. In the event of incapacity, another responsible person acting on behalf of the employee could submit the request. The application can either be completed online or a hard copy may be printed from the website or can be requested by email (click on REACH). (Business Agents for the Locals are not eligible for any assistance from the fund. No member of the Board of Directors of REACH will be a permitted recipient of any assistance from the fund during his or her tenure on the Board.)
Hardship is a financial or personal need due to a medical or unforeseen emergency and affects the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family in the household, or classified dependent by IRS guidelines. The hardship must be unexpected, create significant need for the employee, and meet the definition of medical emergency or unforeseen emergency noted below. In addition, the employee must be unable to satisfy the need by any other reasonable means. The need for assistance cannot arise from the use of drugs, alcohol, willful conduct, the commission of a crime, or violation of law or Company rules.
A medical condition of an employee or family member requiring prolonged absence from work and resulting in a substantial loss of income to the household. The employee will have exhausted all paid leave and insurance available to them. Unforeseen EmergencyA severe financial hardship of an employee resulting from an illness or accident of the employee, employee's spouse, or classified dependent by IRS guidelines; loss of the employee's property due to casualty; or other similar extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the employee, and in which the employee did not participate. Immediate FamilyAn employee's immediate family, in the household, includes the employee's spouse/domestic partner, son, daughter, or classified dependent by IRS guidelines for whom the employee has complete responsibility for care and financial support. Substantial Loss of IncomeSignificant reduction of total loss of household earnings.
Combined household financial resources including, but not limited to, income, savings, insurance, etc.
Reliable proof of combined household financial resources, and the financial hardship; including, but not limited to, a dependable demonstration of a qualifying medical emergency, paystubs, W-2 form, bank statement, invoice of expense, insurance report or response, loan application or response, or Family Medical Leave application for serious illness of qualifying family member.
The need for assistance may out-script the ability of the fund to respond to all requests. Therefore, REACH, reserves the right to allocate its funds as it sees fit.
"I can't say thanks enough for the financial support that we have received. We didn't expect it and never even thought about it. It's really going to help us try to rebuild our home and start again...I want people to know how great the REACH program is and hope that other that aren't a part of it will get behind it and give because I am sure there are a lot of other folks who are going to need it in the future."
Jim R. - LaCygne
"We want to thank you all for agreeing to give us a hand up and not a handout as we like to call it! I don't know if we will ever be able to thank you all enough, but we would like to say, "Thank You" and let you all know that the financial support you provided was greatly appreciated! "I would like to share that the REACH Program is a wonderful program. It lightens our hearts to know that it was started to help other members of the family in strenuous times or an unexpected tragedy."
Robert, Jennifer, and Christina L.
"If it wasn't for the employee REACH fund program, I don't know what I would have done."
Camela C. - 2009 Recipient
"It helped take a strain off the family. I'm glad they were there and I wish more people would sign up for it."
Dwayne D. - 2010 Recipient
"I've been giving to REACH for years, so it made me feel so good to know they give help when it's needed."
Angela G. - 2011 Recipient
"Recently, our family was hit with the tragic loss of our 13-week-old son, Hudson. REACH provided financial assistance to help us tackle mounting medical bills and also provided financial assistance with his passing. The REACH help was invaluable and allowed our family to get through that tough time. Knowing that coworkers and friends are all there for each other means a lot, and REACH is a testament to that. I can't thank all of you enough who donated your time and money to REACH and helped us in this trying time. Thank you!"
Hollie S. - 2014 Recipient
"When I first heard about REACH, I thought it was an excellent program, but it wasn’t the time for me to contribute even though it stayed on my mind that I should do that. The next year, I stepped out on faith and signed up for payroll contribution. The following year, I assisted in the campaign and upped my payroll amount. I did it because it seemed the right thing to do, and we are family here at KCP&L and family helps family when they can. I always thought that could be me who would be in need one day, and wouldn’t it be a blessing to have some place to get help when all other resources failed. That one day came for me out of the blue. I was embarrassed to ask REACH for help at first, but I thought – why not? The worst that could happen was they would not approve my request, but they did. I owe a debt of gratitude to REACH for helping me in my time of need. They have earned their wings to Heaven as far as I’m concerned. Think about contributing and not because you expect something from them but because you expect to give someone else a blessing."
Anonymous – REACH Recipient
"Hello. Recently, my KCPL family donated money and REACH matched the donation. My family and particularly the boys of my beautiful sister wanted to thank REACH for this donation. Thanks to my family, friends, KCPL and REACH the boys did not have to pay for their mother's funeral. We are sincerely grateful for the overwhelming but needed support."
Gwen W. - REACH Recipient
The REACH fund is dedicated to the memory of Bob Grauberger. The idea first began with a man by the name of Ron Kassanavoid. He was a Lead Lineman-Splicer at the Northland service center who was diagnosed with cancer. Ron was off work for extended periods of time during his battle with this disease. So the folks at Northland and other service centers did what they usually do when one of their fellow employees was in need. They "passed the hat," collecting monetary donations to help ease any kind of burden his family may be experiencing. Unfortunately, Ron lost his battle with this disease in May 2003.
That's when the need for the fund became evident. The employees at Northland decided it would be a good idea to have a fund where employees from all over the company could pool their money to help other employees in need. They knew there had to be employees at other service centers and power plants, management and bargaining unit that could be in need of help. With our company covering such a vast area, it was difficult to know of everyone in need.
Bob Grauberger spearheaded the project, taking the idea for the fund to management to see what could be done. Bob started with the company in March of 1978 at the Hawthorn power plant. I met Bob in February of 1999 when he had been promoted to Lead Lineman at F&M. We worked together for about a year and became good friends. Unfortunately, in October of 2003, Bob was diagnosed with lung cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and his cancer went into remission. In May of 2004, he was nominated to run for Business Agent of Local 1464 and he won the election. It was at this time our paths crossed again. I was elected as President of our Local 1464. The night of the election, I called Bob at home to congratulate him and in return, he did the same. He then proceeded to tell me that he would not be able to fill his position. He had gone on a routine check-up and the doctors had given him some bad news. His cancer had come back and he had been given six months to live.
Whenever I would go to see him in the hospital, we would talk. Or I should say I would listen. Because if you knew Bob, when he told you a story there were always two versions: the short version and Bob's version. He used to crack me up in the hospital. He would be telling me some great hunting story and he'd say "I better give you the short version, in case something happens to me. I wouldn't want to leave you without the ending." That was Bob; making you laugh, made him feel better. Whenever I would get ready to leave the hospital he would always ask me, "What's the deal with the employee fund?" He would continually say, "We have to get this done. It's going to be a good thing for everyone." This is why the fund is dedicated to Bob's memory, because even while he was in the fight for his life, he still wanted to help everyone else.
In February of 2005, I was able to tell Bob the fund was a "done deal." He did the same thing he used to do at the end of the day when I was his journeyman, just gave me that "Bob smile" and said "Good job!" Unfortunately, Bob lost his battle with cancer one month later on March 3, 2005.
I would like to leave you with this thought: there is no way I can know every employee here at Evergy or what crisis might be going on in your life. But I do have peace of mind in knowing that by donating to the REACH Fund, I, along with each of you, can help others, around the company, that are in need.