Looking to enjoy a slice of delicious pizza while donating to a great cause this holiday season, all at the same time? The University Staff Council is hosting a fundraiser for the Loyola Employee Emergency Fund (LEEF) on Monday, December 10, at Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, the pizzeria on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (6441 N. Sheridan Rd.).

LEEF is designed to help Loyola employees (faculty and staff) recover financially from loss due to natural emergencies, accidents, or catastrophes that are no fault of the employee. The fund has already helped numerous employees since its inception, helping some families find temporary shelter after their homes were flooded.

Andrew Naylor, assistant director of residence life, says even buying one slice of pizza can help those who rely on the LEEF program during difficult times.

“The LEEF fund is important because it allows the University to extend a little extra help to employees when they may not have the means to address critical life incidents, such as fires, floods, or a death,” says Naylor.

University Staff Council decided this particular fundraiser was a great way to raise money for the LEEF fund while keeping the Loyola spirit alive. Naylor also mentioned that partnering with a local business was a better way to raise funds to support the program, as opposed to simply asking for donations.

“We decided to do it at Felice’s because it seemed like a natural first partner. It’s student-run, and part of the Loyola family,” he says. “All people have to do is show up with the flier.”

From noon to 9 p.m. on December 10, anyone can bring the University Staff Council’s promotional flyer to Felice’s and 20 percent of the proceeds, before tax, will go to the LEEF fund.

LEEF relies on donations from University staff and faculty. Every dollar donated allows LEEF to assist fellow faculty and staff members in financial need. Additionally, donating through payroll deductions, or one-time donations, is another option for employees.  For more information, or to donate, please click here. To join the University Staff Council listserv, click here.