• 18 or older: Yes
  • Tenure required: 90 days or more for critical illness /none for medical out of work and loss or purchase of medically necessary equipment. 

Critical Illness 

1 lifetime up to $2500 and not eligible for MOW grant for 6 months after receiving this grant for diagnosed illness

An employee is diagnosed with one of the following critical illnesses by a certified specialized physician. If approved, funds will be paid directly to the healthcare provider(s). Grants will be given on a first come first serve basis and not to exceed $25,000 per year. Applications will be granted solely based on the discretion of the HERO Fund Board of Directors based on the application submitted and documentation provided. No application will be considered without documentation as described below.
• Cancer
• Organ Failure
• Organ Transplants
• Lung Disease (end stage)
• Kidney & Liver disease
• Hepatitis
• Heart Attack
• Stroke
• Paralysis
• Bone Marrow Transplant
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s
• Alzheimer’s
• Brain Tumor
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Coronary Artery Disease
• Coronary Bypass Surgery
• Aorta Surgery
• Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
• Encephalitis
• Medullary Cystic Disease
• Terminal Illness
• Cronic Aplastic Anemia
• Permanent Blindness/Deafness
• Bacterial Meningitis
• Coma Angioplasty
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome/CIPD
Diagnosis has to have occurred while employed with Hamra.

A statement from a specialized physician diagnosing a qualified critical illness and ongoing medical care needed.

Medical Out of Work

• Employee: $250 per pay period on LOA up to $1000.

• Employee’s spouse: up to $500.

(1) Employee or employee’s spouse is deemed unable to work per a physician due to an unexpected illness or medical emergency (2) Employee’s immediate family member requires care by a physician for more than three days due to an unexpected illness or medical emergency.

Injuries resulting from a workers compensation claim, illegal activities or activities where the injured is more than 50% at fault are not eligible for funding.

Employees must be placed on a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the time they are out of work.

A statement from the attending physician verifying inability to work and/or any restrictions to include when the leave began and the estimated duration.

Applications benefiting an employee’s spouse also require a letter from the spouse’s employer detailing their rate of pay and confirming that the spouse has taken a leave of absence due to a medical out of work situation. Must be able to provide exhausted any sick or vacation time from their employer. Massachusetts employees must apply for state PFML prior to applying for Hero.

Loss or Purchase of Medically Necessary Equipment

Up to $1,000 for purchase or replacement of equipment.

Employee or employee’s immediate family member requires specific medical equipment per physician’s orders that is either: (1) not covered under the employee’s medical plan; or (2) exceeds the allowed amount under the plan.

A statement from the attending physician describing need for the equipment, receipt or estimated cost for replacement or purchase.