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The HERO Fund

The HERO Fund was created as an emergency relief fund serving employees of all Hamra Enterprises entities: Wendy’s of Missouri, Wendy’s of New England, Wendy’s of Chicago, Chicago Bread, Boston Bread, Southern Bread, Hamra Noodles, SJH Inns, and Hamra Management. Hamra Enterprises is committed to supporting and respecting its valued employees and the things that matter to them.

HERO stands for Hamra Employees Reaching Out.  Our HERO Fund is funded by employees for employees.  All money donated is used to make a difference for employees.  It’s simple to be a HERO: being a HERO can mean donating as little as $1 or more out of each paycheck. To ensure the fund can make a difference for as many employees as possible, Hamra Enterprises matches donations dollar for dollar.

Since its inception, we have grown how the HERO Fund can enable employees to make a difference for each other.  We now have a home-buying assistance program in Chicago and Tuition Reimbursement available for all eligible employees.

The Emergency Funding Process

When an employee applies for emergency funding, their application is reviewed by a HERO Fund administrator to assess the pathway forward that will provide the most effective support for the applicant.  The applicant’s HERO grant application will be submitted to the Steering Committee to be reviewed and voted on based on the HERO eligibility guidelines and proper documentation.

Emergency Travel, Funeral Expenses, and Medical Out of Work applications with the proper documentation will be submitted to the HERO Fund immediately for grant funding consideration.

Once an application is ready to be considered for HERO grant funding based on the guidelines above,  the HERO Administrator sends the application (without a name or any identifying information to preserve confidentiality) to The HERO Fund Steering Committee for approval. Once the Steering Committee has voted, The HERO Fund administration team will contact the employee to let them know the status of their application, and any approved funds will be mailed directly to the employee within 24-48 hours of approval (except in situations involving grants for Relocation Assistance, in which case the check is distributed directly to the landlord.)

Tuition Reimbursement & Home Buying Assistance

For more information about The Tuition Reimbursement grant funding process click here.

For more information about the Home Buying Assistance Program (Chicago Only) click here.

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