Our Associates and Their Stories

For Elsa, finding out she was sick was devastating. There was no way to be prepared. “It has been tough not feeling well and having payments such as mortgage, utilities along with taking care of my children. When I received the grant, I was overwhelmed with emotion.”

Elsa Morales

Sales Manager, Store #1086. Brownsville, TX


Casey recalls the heavy feeling in the pit of his stomach upon hearing the devastating news that he and his mom had to evacuate immediately due to the wildfires. Unfortunately, they lost their happy home to the fires.
Through this experience I have found strength in my work at Staples. Keeping my daily routine has been the saving grace in this tragedy. Everyone has been so understanding and supportive. Having lost everything I’ve ever owned, I am very grateful that my Mom and our pets are safe.”

Casey Conemac

Tech Sales Associate, Store #720. Roseburg, OR


James remembers playing with his dog and enjoying the sun during his day off before the weather turned dark, gray and stormy.
Before the storm was over, an oak tree that was 100-years old fell onto my house creating extensive damage.
When I went to work, my managers reminded me of the Share Fund that had also helped one of my co-workers when her house had storm damage. I applied and received a grant that helped me and my family rebuild and recover from the storm. Thank you, Staples Share Fund.”

James Penzavecchia

Sales Associate, Store #1242. Stroudsburg, PA


What may not seem like a lot to some is the heat in my home, power to run my sick mother's oxygen tank and food in the pantry on Thanksgiving. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and everyone who shares. We appreciate it more than words can express. I love my job, my coworkers and the company I work for!”

Heather Adams

Print & Marketing Associate, Store #1288. Ocean City, MD

Jennifer applied to the USR Share Fund after Hurricane Florence. Out of work due to the floods and facing mounting costs because of storm damage Jennifer writes, “The Share Fund has eased some mental and emotional stress caused by my financial burdens from the storms.”
She continues, “I am grateful for all that the Share Fund team has done for me and my family. As well as, thankful for all associates that donate money to this fund so that fellow associates in need can access the funds.”

Jennifer Squires

Print & Marketing Supervisor, Store #880. Goldsboro, NC


Rachel applied to the USR Share Fund after her husband had two emergency surgeries. They were struggling to make ends meet while he was out of work for several months. While he was recovering at home, Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast causing damage to their home.
The USR Share Fund helped them get back up to date on expenses and make some much needed repairs on their home. From Rachel came the message, “Thank you so much!! You have no idea how much this means to me!”

Rachel McCarley

Operations Supervisor, Store #1824. Wilmington, NC

Lisa reached out to the USR Share Fund as the damage to her home caused by Hurricane Florence was extensive. She and her family were displaced for two weeks due to the storm and following flooding. “We've been able to assess the damages, the clean-up that will ensue, and the horrid smell of lingering flood waters, but luckily, we still have a home to go to.”
Lisa leaves us with the sentiment, “My family wants to say thank you to our Staples family for being there for us!”

Lisa Pekau

Sales Manager, Store #600. New Bern, NC


When we thought we were alone with our struggle, the Staples Share Fund came through and helped us catch up with our bills. I would like to thank all the contributors and the Share Fund staff for making a very challenging situation a little bit easier.”

Carolyn Allen

Print & Marketing Supervisor, Store #4. Port Chester, NY

Kaitlyn contacted the USR Share Fund after her family home was damaged by flood waters from Hurricane Florence. The storm had caused extensive damage to the roof, the floors and severe structural damage to their home. Fortunately, the help, available due to Staples associates contributing to the USR Share Fund, was able to provide relief for Kaitlyn and her family, softening the burden and allowing them to rebuild.”

Kaitlyn Williams

Associate in Mount Olive


I am proud to be a Staples associate and encourage others to contribute whatever they can afford to the fund because you never know when you may need their help some day. It is personally rewarding to know that you are helping someone else in need.”


Anonymous Associate

I appreciate all the help, I even went in and started to contribute to the Share Fund. As I knew nothing about the program until a coworker informed me. And I myself am grateful for such an awesome workplace like Staples that I'm thankful to be able to contribute what little I can back to the Share Fund for other associates like myself in such a difficult time.”


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