Sometimes unfortunate events occur that are beyond our control.

WestRock has a long history of responding to disasters around the world through international relief organizations such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The global impact of these assistance programs is undeniable; however, when disaster strikes close to home, WestRock team members like to know their co-workers are taken care of and are willing to pitch in to help them get back on their feet. That’s why we established the WestRock Employee Relief Fund.

Since the Fund was established in 2005, more than $2.3 million has been provided to WestRock team members impacted by a natural or man-made disaster, such as a home fire, tornado, hurricane, flood or tsunami. Thanks to the generous support from WestRock employees and other donors, the Employee Relief Fund is available to help our team members when an unexpected disaster strikes.

Hear from our co-workers about the Fund’s impact and consider a donation to ensure it remains available to those who need it.

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The Employee Relief Fund is governed by a Board of Directors and Grant Administrative Committee comprised of WestRock team members.

Employee Relief Fund Board

  • Diana Benben
  • Carrie Callender
  • Stuart Erwin
  • Dan Gordon
  • Bob Houghton
  • Michelle Long
  • Nora Lopez
  • Tracie Norwood
  • Broderick Smith
  • Craig Walley


  • Mandy Burnette, Fund Administrator

Grant Administrative Committee

  • Carrie Callender
  • Shelley Cross
  • Hannah Goleman
  • Robin McAhon
  • Doug Sharo
  • Bob Stanton
  • Terri Woulfe

If you have a question about the Employee Relief Fund, contact us at employeerelieffund@westrock.com.

Grant Application

If you have experienced a financial hardship due to a natural or man-made disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or home fire, you may be eligible for a grant from the WestRock Employee Relief Fund. Click the link below to download an application in your preferred language.

English Application 

Chinese Application

Czech Application

Dutch Application

French Application

French (Canada) Application

German Application

Gujarati Application



Hindi Application

Japanese Application

Korean Application

Polish Application

Portuguese Application

Spanish Application

Spanish (Mexico) Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a general question about the Employee Relief Fund, or want to know more about applying for a grant or making a donation? Click the link below to view our program FAQ in your preferred language.

English FAQs

Chinese FAQs

Czech FAQs

Dutch FAQs

French FAQs

French (Canada) FAQs

German FAQs

Hindi FAQs

Japanese FAQs

Korean FAQs

Polish FAQs

Portuguese FAQs

Spanish FAQs

Spanish (Mexico) FAQs

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Additional Resources

The Employee Relief Fund is available to help co-workers in the immediate days and weeks following a natural or man-made disaster, but we know more assistance may be needed to help with long-term recovery. Click the links below to learn more about other organizations that may be able to provide additional assistance.

Resources in the United States

American Red Cross


International Organizations

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies