USHG HUGS Employee Relief Fund

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At Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), our guiding principle of Enlightened Hospitality is a virtuous cycle that begins with our valued team members. Our people are at the core of what we do and if they should encounter unforeseen hardship, we want to be able to lend a helping hand. In 2020, we formalized our commitment to assist our people with the creation of USHG HUGS, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) fund to support USHG team members who are facing unexpected and exceptional financial needs.


Our USHG HUGS employee relief fund offers grants to help cover essential life needs. The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors, which ensures the program meets its objectives, embodies the spirit and values of USHG, and grants all contributions appropriately. All grants are reviewed by the Board of Directors, which is made up of impartial representatives from a cross-section of USHG’s businesses. They review funding requests and award support based upon established criteria. 

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Current USHG employees in good standing can apply for a grant using this form. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, former employees who were impacted are also eligible for this grant. Employees who are facing accessibility issues or need help filling out an application should call 646-747-7272 or ask a manager for support in submitting an application.


Anyone can contribute to USHG HUGS. Donate via PayPal at or by wire transfer by emailing us at

If you are a USHG employee, you may set up a one-time or weekly payroll deduction from your salary by filling out the Employee Salary Donation Election form. Payroll deduction is a simple way to become a sustaining member.  


We are a nonprofit corporation in the process of quickly applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. All donations will be tax deductible provided the IRS approves our application. Although we cannot make a warranty of tax deductibility until our application is approved, we fully expect the IRS to approve the application. We will make our IRS determination letter available to all donors. Please email us at with any questions.