Emergency funds, transportation options now available to students

The Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) and other community members have mobilized to help students cover unexpected costs, transportation and resource needs due to COVID-19. In order to help those who have immediate financial needs, ASLC announced it would open an emergency fund on March 15. 

This fund can cover expenses like transportation, storage space, food, health supplies and academic resources. Since announcing the emergency fund, ASLC has already received over 20 applicants and been able to start funding many of them. ASLC aims to be as generous as possible with the funds. 

Applications are reviewed by a small, confidential committee daily, and applicants can expect to hear back within a day or two. Fill out this google form to make requests, and direct all questions concerning the funds to the ASLC Community Services & Relations Coordinators (csrc@lclark.edu). 

Additionally, the Equity, Inclusion & Justice Committee (EIJC) is now offering a Covid-19 Resource Pantry in the ASLC office in Templeton Student Center, across from KLC. The pantry currently includes food, snacks, beverages, menstrual supplies, and health, hygiene and cleaning supplies. Uber gift cards are being offered on a limited basis to students requiring transportation to doctor appointments, pharmacies, etc. The pantry is open this week (March 16 to March 20) typically from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone can donate items to the pantry, and it is especially encouraged for those leaving campus. The pantry accepts sealed, non-perishable food, as well as laundry detergent, dish soap and cleaning supplies.

ASLC and EIJC are also providing students work hosting open hours at the Resource Pantry. Students will receive gift cards as pay for their time. Slots for this week are filled, but there are still openings during Spring Break. You can see the available hours or sign up to host here. Any questions can be directed towards the EIJC (aslcequity@lclark.edu). 

College Outdoors is also offering a free shuttle ride to the airport from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. Shuttle rides are being offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Students can sign up for rides here. All questions concerning the shuttle should be directed towards Joe Yuska, the director of College Outdoors.

If none of the shuttle times work, students can also take the Pioneer Express. Starting on March 16, it is now stopping at SW 10th and Salmon Street in downtown Portland for easy access to the MAX. From there, students can take the MAX Red Line, which takes 45 minutes to get to the airport.

ASLC also hopes to help cover flight costs for those who can not afford them. Students are working with the Financial Aid office to ensure this would not alter students’ financial aid packages, as transportation is included in the costs of attendance. More information will be available about the funding of flights this week.

Additionally, in order to address the increased needs for internet access, Comcast is now offering Xfinity WiFi free to everyone. Hotspots will be available for all, even non-Xfinity subscribers. For more information, visit the Xfinity website.

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