Vacation donation program
Argonne National Laboratory has a vacation donation program that allows eligible employees to donate their vacation to a bank. This bank is to be used by an employee who is in a prolonged absence without pay due to a serious medical condition, or to take care of a seriously ill family member. Employees can donate up to 40 hours in increments of four hours of their accrued vacation each calendar year. Employees on an extended unpaid sick leave status can request up to a maximum of six weeks from the bank.
This program is useful only when we have enough funds in our bank to fulfill the needs of those requesting. If you are getting close to the maximum of your vacation accrual, instead of forfeiting the accrual, please consider donating it to the vacation bank. It is very much appreciated by other employees in need.
So far this year, $24,000 was generously donated by employees, but several requests to use time from the vacation donation bank for serious, prolonged medical conditions have almost depleted it. We still have a balance in our bank, but without additional donations, we may have to turn down future requests.
Employees who would like to donate vacation can complete the Vacation Donation Program Request to Donate.
Employees who are not eligible for the vacation donation program are union employees (unless it is addressed in their collective bargaining agreement) and employees not eligible to accrue vacation or sick leave pay.