ColumbiaCares

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What is ColumbiaCares?

The ColumbiaCares Fund was established in 2012 by students from the Fall Business & Entrepreneurship Event Management Practicum Class, working in partnership with Student Success and the Dean of Students. The students identified a need for an emergency fund to assist students who face unexpected challenges and emergencies. They launched ColumbiaCares to raise funds and support their fellow students.  Since that time, the class continues to mount annual fundraising campaigns while Student Organizations and individual students contribute to the effort. 

What are ColumbiaCare Packages?

There are many types of food banks on college campuses such as food banks that hold regular distributions and food banks that hold set shopping hours. The ColumbiaCare Packages Student Food Bank is designed for emergency need and serves students through referral or self-nomination.

ColumbiaCare Packages support current Columbia College Chicago students who are without food or experiencing food insecurity. As noted on the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) website, “food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses (Hughes, 2011), and can pose a significant barrier to student success (Johnson).”

As a caring and engaged community, ColumbiaCare Packages broadens our commitment to support a well-rounded student experience offering emergency and/or critical support to students in need.

How do Students Access Resources?

Faculty should submit an EASE report with a brief description of the need.

Students should submit a brief written statement (should include student Oasis ID, Name and any supporting documentation) describing the emergency. Requests should be emailed to deanofstudents@colum.edu

ColumbiaCares Criteria:

  • Students must be currently enrolled
  • Students are eligible for assistance once within an academic year
  • A brief written statement (should include student Oasis ID, Name and any supporting documentation) describing the emergency, must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office
  • The maximum award is $250.00
  • Students are eligible to apply for this fund regardless of their financial aid status

ColumbiaCare Packages:
Please send an email with a brief written statement (should include student Oasis ID, Name and any supporting documentation) describing the emergency, to Natalie Cepeda, ncepeda@colum.edu

ColumbiaCare Packages Criteria:

  • Students must be currently enrolled
  • Students are eligible to apply for this support regardless of their financial aid status
How do I Give to ColumbiaCares?

Donations can be made by visiting: www.colum.edu/giving.  Please click on “Give” and use ColumbiaCares as your gift.

ColumbiaCare Packages:
Items can be brought to the Associate Dean of Student Life suite @ 623 S. Wabash, Suite 315, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. 

Items that are most needed.