Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who is eligible to receive assistance through the Friendship Fund?
A: Any active benefited employee.
Q: How much assistance can I receive?
A: The amount of financial assistance is based on the number of years an individual is employed by the district, and funds available through United Way campaign contributions.
Q: Is there certain criteria that I have to meet to be eligible to receive help through the Friendship Fund?
A: The committee considers crisis situations or unusual life circumstances that brought the employee into a difficult financial situation.
Q: Who is on the Friendship Fund committee?
A: The Friendship Fund was created in 1957. The by-laws state that there shall be the following representation:
6 members appointed by Wichita Teachers Union
1 member appointed by the Wichita Educational Administration Association
1 member appointed by Wichita Association of Educational Office Personnel
3 members appointed by Service Employees Union Local 513
1 member appointed by Technical/Supervisory Group
1 member appointed by the Superintendent of Schools
Q: How often does the committee meet to make decisions?
A: The Friendship Fund committee meets once a month.
Q: What do I have to do to see if I am eligible?
A: An employee fills out the form from the district website, titled “Friendship Fund Application.” Then send the form to Stephanie Anderson, FAX to 973-8210, or mail to Stephanie Anderson, AMAC, Wichita Public Schools, 903 S Edgemoor, Wichita, KS 67218. Michelle Phillips, Administrative Assistant for Friendship Fund, will call or email the applicant to schedule a time for the employee to talk with the committee at the monthly meeting. The committee reviews the completed form and asks the employee clarifying questions. A decision is made and conveyed at that meeting.
Q: When can I receive help?
A: After meeting with the employee, if the committee determines that the Friendship Fund is able to assist, the employee will be notified immediately.
Q: Will I receive cash assistance?
A: If approved, a check(s) made out to the person(s) or association(s) which is owed money, and up to the maximum amount approved, will be mailed out to who is owed.