Basic Needs Advocacy and Resource Center

We offer three different types of appointments.

Please be aware that no housing support is given in Basic Needs Center appointments.

Snap Application Support

Work 1-on-1 with our SNAP support coordinator, Rachel Espinoza Ortiz, to fill out your SNAP application in a phone or zoom appointment. Rachel has a direct connection to DSHS, offers sessions in English or Spanish, and can help you navigate the financial aid documentation needed to apply. Our hope is to remove as many barriers as possible in the process. To book, visit our SNAP Benefit Application Support form.

Housing Support Consultation

To book an appointment for accessing housing support of any kind, please visit our Housing Support booking calendar.

Basic Needs Center Appointment

To book an appointment with the Basic Needs Advocacy and Resource Center, please visit our Basic Needs booking calendar.
For questions, please contact ARCbasicneeds@evergreen.edu

Everyone needs a little help.

In a Fall 2020 Hope Center Survey, our students shared they lack access to basic needs. Of the students who responded, 67% experienced at least one form of basic needs insecurity.  These needs include food insecurity, houseless-ness, homelessness, job security, and more. 

Thanks to student voices and student support, a cross divisional team of staff came together to bring a new resource online. This resource is the just beginning.

Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) Basic Needs Center

Located in the College Activities Building, room 135, is the Basic Needs Center. It is accessible from the outside of the building, just across from the CRC. Students may make an appointment to visit the center and retrieve the following items at no cost:

  • Support applying for SNAP (food stamp) benefits or other emergency funding
  • Hygiene Items
  • Food Pantry & Shelf Stable Foods
  • Donated Books
  • A Gender-Affirming Clothes Closet
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • and more!

We continue to require masks and follow other COVID-19 safety guidelines in our space. Space use is currently by appointment only as described via our appointment bookings page listed above.

Referrals For Other Needs

Students may make an appointment to receive guidance on referrals and advocacy for on-campus and off-campus resource, community services, and state support. AmeriCorp Vista JC Wortham (they/them) is here to offer this support and can be reached at jc.wortham@evergreen.edu.

Similar to CARE, we review referrals with an eye toward community safety. If the information shared suggests a threat to individual or community safety, the request is reviewed by Evergreen’s Student Threat Assessment Team (Director, Police Services; Director, Student Rights & Responsibilities; Director, Wellness, Recreation & Athletics; and Vice Provost for Student & Academic Life). This team uses available information and a rubric to evaluate the potential threat to community safety and to take appropriate steps to mitigate that risk.

Gratitude

We express deep gratitude to the following for their support: the Geoduck Student Union, CCBLA, Student Activities, Facilities, Residence and Dining, the Library, the Grants Office, First Peoples, Multicultural, Trans and Queer Student Support Services, and the Children's Center.

Resources for Staff/Faculty