Established in 2017

In its first year, the CHS Cares Fund awarded approximately $1.3 million in grants to help nearly 700 colleagues in need.

About the CHS Cares Fund

Established in 2017, the CHS Cares Fund provides financial assistance to employees of Community Health Systems affiliated hospitals, clinics and offices who have experienced hardship due to events beyond their control such as natural disasters and extended illnesses or injuries. The Cares Fund’s grants can help pay for essential living expenses such as housing, utilities, food, clothing and other basic necessities. All gifts to the CHS Cares Fund are tax deductible and will help individuals across the organization in their time of need.

Ways to Give

Payroll Deduction:  Employees can sign up for automatic payroll deduction by clicking HERE.

Contribute via Credit Card: Anyone can make a one-time donation online by clicking HERE.

Send a Check:  Anyone can make a one-time donation by mailing a check to:

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, P.O.Box 440225, Nashville, TN 37244 (Be sure to note “CHS Cares Fund” in the memo line.)

Give to the CHS Cares Fund

Employees affected by a major declared disaster, such as a hurricane or pandemic illness, should use this application:

Major Disaster - Apply online

For all other situations:

Apply Online for CHS Cares Fund Assistance

How to Apply for Assistance

Step 1: Review the eligibility requirements by clicking HERE.If you qualify, proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Complete all sections of the CHS Cares Fund Application for Assistance. Using any connected device (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) you can apply for help online HERE.

Step 3:  Submit your application and documentation to the Fund’s administrator, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Step 4: Cares Fund staff will review your application and determine if you qualify. Once you have submitted your application and documentation to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, your application will be reviewed for completeness. You may be contacted by Cares Fund staff if additional information or documentation is needed. If your application is approved, the Cares Fund staff will make payment(s) on your behalf to the vendor(s) you specify. All grants are made directly to vendors as bill payments; no assistance funds will be sent directly to you, and no reimbursements can be made.

Cares Fund staff is available to help you with this process and to answer questions via email: or by phone: 615-321-4939.

For More Information about the CHS Cares Fund


Contact Information

Chris Stowe

Chris Stowe

Associate, Employee Care Funds

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Benja Hutchens

Benja Hutchens

Vice President of Employee Care Programs

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Shemika Walker

Shemika Walker

Associate, Employee Care Programs

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