Relief Efforts

FIU and its partners are working actively to lend a hand to those who need it

Together, we are FIUstrong

FIUstrong has assisted the FIU family and members of the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our students live paycheck to paycheck and face serious difficulties threatening to interrupt their education. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Community aid

FIU and its partners are working actively to lend a hand to those who need it:

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff members needing support may contact the Office of Employee Assistance for an appointment. You may email the office at or call 305-348-2469. To learn more about our services please visit the Human Resources Assistance and Wellness page. 

Hospitality workers

More than 140 South Florida restaurants have helped employees through the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Relief Fund. As of April 7th, grants totaling more than $830,000 were given to independently owned restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Many of these family-operated establishments are owned by FIU alumni, have hired FIU student interns and have even given graduates their first job. The program awarded grants of up to $15,000 per business ($500 per employee).

The fund was launched with $1 million, including a founding donation of $500,000 by the Chaplin School, taken from the proceeds given yearly to the school by the South Beach Wine & Food Festival®. Additional donations came from school partners Bacardi USA and Badia Spices, in addition to other corporations and individuals for a total of nearly $1.2 million to date.

Small business owners

The Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) is providing assistance to local small businesses. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the center has helped over 450 clients in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties obtain more than $75 million in disaster funds such as the Bridge Loan, Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Disaster Injury Loan and other disaster funding or programs.