The Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund begins its third annual fund drive this month. The fund was created by concerned members of the university's staff and faculty to help members of the campus community in crisis. Grants of up to $400 may be awarded to eligible employees. Since its inception, the fund has helped 77 UI families in need. Past grants were used to pay for food, medication and utilities, to repair fire-damaged homes, and to obtain assistance in dealing with substance abuse. The program is confidential, and each situation is reviewed by the assistance program coordinator. All cases that meet eligibility requirements are forwarded to a chancellor- appointed executive committee for approval. To apply for assistance, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, 119 Observatory Building, 244-5312. Contributions can be made through payroll deduction, check or cash donations. Information has been sent to all faculty and staff members.