The Student Emergency Fund, a program that helps keep students in class when unexpected life emergencies arise, is funded through the ACC Foundation and operationalized by the Dean of Students' team of dedicated case workers who support at-risk students with check-ins and guidance to various resources: food, shelter, and other basic need support.
We are also excited to report that the Dean of Students Office was also one of the Foundation’s Mini-Grant for Innovation winners!
Below is a glimpse into the work of the Dean of Students Office: how they used Foundation funding to further their reach and how donations to the Student Emergency Fund have changed lives.
Our friends in the Dean of Students Office say it best:
Ashlie Cogburn, Case Manager for the Dean of Students Office has written the next four sections explaining the role of the student emergency fund, its services, and their mini-grant project Summit’s Supply Shelves.
The intention of the Student Emergency Fund is to assist students with emergencies – food, shelter, utilities, and other living expenses, emergency transportation, etc, and has evolved into one of the most vital emergency aid sources on campus since its creation.
Funds for this program are raised and managed by the ACC Foundation, and monitored by the Dean of Students Office. It is primarily funded through private fundraising and ACC employee payroll contributions. Student recipients are also able to pay back any amount they are able to as we do encourage them to pay it forward.
The Dean of Students Office receives an average of 10 applications per month, while in our higher months we can receive 20 or more applications. Our high-need months are typically September and February. Most expenses are for utilities and housing/shelter/rent-related expenses.