Community Support Programme
The CIG Cares Community Support Programme (“CIG Cares”) has been created to allow civil servants and the elected Government to “opt in” to support the community through payroll deductions. Participants have the option to make monthly deductions, one-time lump sum contributions, or a combination of both. This programme begins with deductions from the July 2020 payroll, and will run for the remainder of 2020.
The Needs Assessment Unit’s (“NAU”) food voucher fund will be supported for the first four months of the programme. The funds collected through the CIG Cares Community Support Programme will be redirected to the Needs Assessment Unit’s (“NAU”) food voucher programme to help feed the NAU clients with a significant percentage of these clients being elderly Caymanians. The NAU has been identified for the initial kick-off four-month period due to the immediate urgent need, and the significantly increased demands that have resulted from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on the Cayman Islands economy, with significant numbers of people in the private sector suffering from the financial impact of layoffs, salary cuts, and job losses being reported across many different industries. With a shared purpose of "making the lives of those we serve better," the Civil Service has a unique opportunity to be part of the solution to this problem while demonstrating solidarity with our friends and neighbours who may be experiencing less favourable financial circumstances during this crises. A part of the Civil Service mission is "caring" and the CIG Cares initiative embodies the caring spirit of the Civil Service through these charitable donations that will support the Needs Assessment Unit's ("NAU") grocery voucher programme.
If you are a Civil Servant volunteering to donate to the "CIG Cares" initiative, you can do so by filling out and submitting the Employee Donation Form found below in the How Can I Participate? section.
All civil servants and the elected government will be given the opportunity to participate by registering for their donations to be collected as part of their payroll process.
Private organisations, Government owned companies and Statutory Authorities are encouraged to develop their own programmes during this time in support of the NAU food voucher programme.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a significant negative impact on the Cayman Islands economy, with significant numbers of people in the private sector suffering from the financial impact of layoffs, salary cuts, and job losses being reported across many different industries. With a shared purpose of "making the lives of those we serve better," the Civil Service has a unique opportunity to be part of the solution to this problem while demonstrating solidarity with our friends and neighbours who may be experiencing less favourable financial circumstances during this crisis. A part of the Civil Service mission is "caring" and the CIG Cares initiative embodies the caring spirit of the Civil Service through these charitable donations that will support the Needs Assessment Unit's ("NAU") grocery voucher programme.
This opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable in the community through a monthly payroll deduction is an example of the power of togetherness in action.
If you are a civil servant volunteering to donate to the “CIG Cares” initiative, you can do so by filling out and submitting the Employee Donation Form found below. You can choose to make a one-time donation or monthly donations for a specified length of time. Donations will be made via deductions in your monthly salary starting in the month you indicate on the donation form. All donations collected for the first four months (July – October 2020) will be made to the Needs Assessment Unit.
You will need to know your employee number to be able to complete the form to make a voluntary donation. This can be found in a number of locations; on your pay-slip, on your government id, on individual essential service “curfew” letters and for those Civil Servants that are the primary CINICO member it is the 6 digits that follow the “996” on your CINICO card. You can also request or confirm your employee number with your HR department.
To complete the form you will be asked to
1. Enter your First and Last Name and your Employee Number.
2. Enter the amount that you would like to donate to charity
3. Select the month that you would like the donation to commence.
4. Indicate whether you would like your donation to be a one-off payment by selecting “one-time” or “recurring” if you would like your donation to be collected each payroll going forward
When you select “recurring” the amount that you have selected will be deducted from each payroll until you notify CIG to stop collecting donations, which you can do at any time for the following month. This is especially important to note if you are paid on a bi-weekly payroll as the donation will be made twice each month.
The Office of the Deputy Governor and the Portfolio of the Civil Service in the Cayman Islands Government are the joint data controllers for the temporary function of processing personal data to consider Civil Servants donations for the initiative “CIG Cares” led by the Deputy Governor.
We are committed to making sure your data is safe. Our privacy notice explains how we use the personal data we collect when you submit the form.
If I am not able to make a donation this month, am I able to contribute in the future?
A Civil Servant will be able to join the initiative at any time by completing and submitting the electronic CIG Cares payroll donation form in the How Can I Participate? section above.
If my circumstances change and I wish to stop or change the amount of the charitable donation, am I able to do so?
You are able to change your decision about making a charitable donation through CIG Cares up until the payroll cut-off date for any payroll. To do so, you should email your request to either stop making deductions or to change the amount of your deduction to the Portfolio of the Civil Service HR IRIS Team at HRIRIS@gov.ky. You should indicate in your email the payroll that you first wish the change to be processed on. A member of the PoCS HR-IRIS team may contact you to ask for clarification if the instruction that is received is not clear.
What happens if I change my mind about making a donation after the donation has been made. Can I "reclaim" it?
Unfortunately, once the payroll has been processed and your donation has been made to the charity, it will not be possible to "reclaim" your donation. However, you will be able to instruct that no further donations be made.
Who will know that I am making a donation?
Only the Civil Servant making the donation will be able to make enquiries about the donation and reporting on the initiative will be provided in summary form, such as the number of employees making donations or the total amount of donations being made.
This charity donation will be processed the same way as other existing payroll deductions, such as deposits to the Credit Union, and the information will only be available for review to staff who review the payroll register to ensure accuracy before it is posted. It will be treated with the same level of confidentiality as all other payroll-related transactions and information.
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Use these links to access the conch songs then download them to your device.
To Install on iOS:
- Download onto your computer or laptop
- Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer.
- On a PC, open iTunes for Windows. On a Mac, open the Finder.
- Drag and drop the ringtone to your device.
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