Support for UVU students struggling due to COVID-19

Purpose:

In spring 2019, the Coordinating Access to Resources and Education (CARE) Task Force was launched under the direction of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The primary focus areas for the CARE Task Force are addressing food and housing insecurity, safety, and health. A separate task force is addressing mental health.

Utah Valley University values every student and hopes that through the CARE Task Force we can provide exceptional care to our students, ensuring a healthy learning environment where students can succeed in their programs and graduate with the certificate or degree of their choice.

Current Projects

  • Getting a basic needs statement developed that faculty can use on their course syllabi.
  • Exploring laundry options for housing insecure students.
  • Securing funding to host an AmeriCorps VISTA for an additional two years.
  • Increasing student representation on task force.
  • Increasing partnerships on- and off-campus to address basic needs
  • Developing donors
  • Implementing employee giving mechanisms to contribute to CARE efforts.
  • Initiating healthier food options for students utilizing the food pantry, including a campus garden and gleaning team.
  • Establishing clothing vouchers from local secondhand retailers.

Accomplishments

  • Increased advertising for the Food Pantry.
  • Provided meal vouchers to students through the Food Pantry.
  • Mapped current resources available at UVU. 
  • Launched the www.uvu.edu/studentcare/ website.
  • Partnered with United Way of Utah County to utilize the 211 resources.
  • Secured a VISTA who is housed with the Center for Social Impact and will address capacity building around food and housing insecurity.
  • Identified donated funds and launched an emergency fund scholarship process where students can receive between $50 and $500.
  • Developed CARE stations throughout campus during the first few days of each semester.
  • Created a weekly food pantry usage report.

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