The Foreign Service National Emergency Relief Fund was created to respond to crises following natural disasters, civil unrest, and targeted attacks or “in the line of duty” incidents affecting locally employed (LE) staff working for the U.S. Government. It is one of almost 90 Gift Fund programs managed by the Office of Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service (M/EDCS) and is one of the two Gift Fund programs that exist solely to assist employees. Funding for this program is not appropriated and is sustained solely by private contributions. The donations are tax deductible and 100% of all contributions are allocated for disbursement directly to Locally Employed (LE) Staff. Contributions to the Fund can be made by Civil Service, Foreign Service, LE Staff and private sector individuals (via RNET).
Donations can be made via the following:
• Secure on-line electronic donations can be made directly from your bank account or by credit/debit card to http://www.pay.gov.
• Checks may be sent to the Department’s Gift Fund Coordinator’s Office M/EDCS, Rm. 7427-B, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520. Please make checks payable to the U.S. Department of State, designation for the “FSN Emergency Relief Fund”.
• DOS, LE Staff, and overseas American employees of other federal agencies currently being paid by State can make contributions by payroll deduction. One time or recurring payroll deductions can be made through the Payroll Customer Support Center at PayHelp@state.gov. LE staff wishing to contribute should contact their management office for currency exchange assistance. CGFS/EDCS has authorized reverse accommodation exchange for emergency fund contributions. For additional information, please visit the CGFS/EDCS website.
The U.S. embassy community in Juba celebrated the third annual Locally Employed (LE) Staff and Foreign Service National (FSN) Recognition Day. The exemplary service of all our Locally Employed Staff and Foreign Service Nationals was honored during an event on November 17, 2021. pic.twitter.com/qKoy6l0dJZ
— U.S. Embassy in Juba (@USMissionJuba) November 19, 2021
FSN/LE Staff Recognition Day recognizes the vital work of our Foreign Service National and Locally Employed Staff around the world! We especially want to recognize their work over the past 18 months to continue projects and support communities. 💪#PeaceCorps #Service #Volunteer🇬🇾 pic.twitter.com/Q1JTK2kVCg
— Peace Corps Guyana (@peacecorpguyana) November 18, 2021
On Global Foreign Service National Recognition Day, I was lucky to meet w/ @USAID’s local staff in #Moldova. Our FSNs make our mission possible; Their local knowledge, technical mastery & passion for improving the lives of their neighbors fuel our work every day. pic.twitter.com/nuwYNk6FY2
— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) November 17, 2021