A donor drive for the Shared Benefits Program for UI faculty and staff members will be April 21 through June 15. Employees may only donate to the program during its annual donor drive. The purpose of the Shared Benefits program, which was established in January 1994, is to generate a sick-leave pool that employees may draw from if they have exhausted leave benefits but are unable to work because of a personal catastrophic illness or injury or have a disability claim pending before the State Universities Retirement System. In the past, employees could participate in the pool only if they had the required sick-leave balance. Beginning with this donor drive, employees may participate in the pool by combining accrued sick leave and vacation to establish eligibility. General guidelines for the program: * An employee must donate at least one benefit day to the pool in order to be eligible to request sick-leave credit. * An employee who donates to the pool must have at least 10 benefit days remaining for his/her personal use. ("Benefit days" are sick leave or vacation days; any combination is allowed.) * All accrued sick leave and vacation must be exhausted before an employee is eligible to request sick-leave credit from the pool. * An employee may request sick-leave credit from the pool only for his/her illness or injury. (Request forms are available in departments.) * An employee who donates to the pool may not designate a particular individual to receive his/her donation. * An employee is not required to obtain unit approval to donate to the pool. * An employee who donates to the pool cannot have his/her donation restored. * The number of days donated to the pool will be deducted from the employee's vacation balance. If you would like to donate to the Shared Benefits pool, complete a donation form and return it to the Personnel Services Office before June 15. Questions concerning the Shared Benefits Program may be directed to Judy Barker at 333-2144.