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Resources Available in Light of COVID-19
Last updated: October 12, 2020

Hours of Operation
Yes, we're still open! The Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC) at the UCen will remain in service throughout summer, and our Basic Needs Advocates will continue to assist students during this time. We are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We ask you to do the same if you choose to visit us in person. You can also call us at (805) 893-2786 while we are open. View our hours here.

Chat With Us!
The best way to reach out is to chat with us by clicking on the green bubble in the lower right hand corner of our homepage. Here you can ask questions, learn about basic needs resources, find out if you are eligible for CalFresh, and get real-time assistance with your CalFresh application. View our chat hours here.

If you need assistance outside of these hours, email us at thrive@ucsb.edu and someone will get back to you within 2 business days.

Technology & Access
Chromebook update: Students without access to a laptop and/or internet access should fill out this waitlist to request a free chromebook and a grant for internet access. We will prioritize students who are currently enrolled, demonstrate financial need, have no or limited access to internet or wifi, and those who apply soonest. Eligible students will be provided a grant award for $255. This funding is provided to address the cost of a hotspot, which is a one-time cost of $100, and then wifi service would be $15 a month after that, thus covering the wifi expense for one academic year period (9 months). This is available to both folks within and outside the Santa Barbara county.

If you're in urgent need of a laptop, or require a higher processing laptop for your academic success, please reach out to the Financial Crisis Response Team by emailing financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.

Free internet access information can be found at this page.

Registered students also have free access to Microsoft Office Suite. Through the Microsoft Student Advantage Program, actively enrolled students can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications at no cost. View details here.

Financial Assistance
The Financial Crisis Response Team is open and still staying in a 24-48 hour response window. They can help with any financial challenges that may arise for currently enrolled students through grants, vouchers, scholarships, case management, and other forms of aid. Emergency food grants may be available. Email FinancialCrisis@sa.ucsb.edu to get in touch.

CalFresh Assistance
Basic Needs Advocates
are still available to assist students (see hours here). Advocates can answer questions about resources that are available to students given their specific needs (including questions about applying for CalFresh and maintaining their existing benefits). If you would like remote assistance, the best way to reach us is to chat with us by clicking on the green bubble in the bottom right hand corner of our homepage. Alternatively, you can call us at (805) 893-2786 during our in person hours of operation, or you can email us at thrive@ucsb.edu and we will get back to you within one business day. 

Food Pantries and Groceries
The AS Food Bank is open on Wednesdays 10AM–2PM and Fridays 9AM–1PM (as of 10/26/20). Instead of allowing students to "shop" in person, the ASFB will be practicing social distancing and distributing brown bags. Each bag will consist of pantry essentials that are normally carried at the food bank, including pastas, beans, sauce, etc. 

 The Food Bank will NOT be open for shopping – only brown bag distribution.

Miramar Food Pantry
 will be in service during the summer beginning on June 23 with updated hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 6pm). Social distancing and proper sanitization will be practiced to ensure guests' safety.

Tenaya Market now accepts EBT and is open during Spring Quarter! Located within San Joaquin Villages.

Prepared Meals
Food Not Bombs is still serving free vegan meals (to go) every Sunday at Little Acorn Park and every Wednesday at Children’s Park from 5-6PM. Please visit their Facebook page for updates and volunteer requests. 

The Organic Soup Kitchen is doing soup meal delivery for anyone with underlying health conditions, families and the elderly. Please contact 805-364-2790 or email contact@organicsoupkitchen.org.

The Free Nutrition/Snack Station program will still be operating during Summer Quarter, but now at the Student Needs Advising Center. Please see hours here.

Cafe Picasso has temporarily postponed meals.

Counseling & Mental Health
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still operating in its usual capacity, but all service are now conducted either through Zoom or over the phone. Students can request services through this formor by calling (805) 893-4411 to schedule an appointment. Among other things, CAPS offers brief therapy, group therapy, urgent appointments, and after-hours counseling.

Undocumented Student Resources
Undocumented Student Services has transitioned to online and remote operations and will continue their regularly scheduled services and programs. Currently, the primary off-campus resources being highlighted are:

Additional resources specific to undocumented students can be viewed here. Students are encouraged to contact dvaldiviaordorica@ucsb.edu or make an appointment if they have specific concerns regarding their immigration status and/or their family.

Families & Non-Traditional Student Resources
While the Non-Traditional Student Resource Center isn't physically open, virtual coffee hour with an academic advisor is still being hosted, as is one-on-one advising with staff members. The NTSRC also continues to offer childcare grants and priority class registration for student-parents. Note: Non-traditional students include undergraduates over 24 and graduate students over 29 years old; students who are married or in a domestic partnership; and students who are parents or have dependents.

Kids Corner: In light of COVID-19, Isla Vista Youth Project approaches After School Program, and learning via these Fun Educational Activities for your children, while they are home. Understanding that balancing everything at the same time can be difficult, live teacher Zoom Sessions (TK-6th grade), Digital Learning Platforms, Virtual Field Trips, games and more are available on this website! Both in Spanish and English. 

Resources for Graduate Students

The campus has created an Instructional Technology Grant Program, which is open to all currently enrolled UCSB graduate students (domestic, permanent resident, and international students are all eligible). The purpose of the Instructional Technology Grant is to assist UC Santa Barbara graduate students with expenses related to remote education, both learning and teaching. These expenses may include: webcams, headsets, hard drives, upgraded internet service, software, hardware, etc. Expenses that have already been incurred are also eligible for reimbursement. Students may request up to $1,000.00, but funds are limited and may not be sufficient to cover all expenses in every case. Applications will be accepted from Thursday, October 8, to Thursday, October 22. Students who miss the application window will not be able to apply for funds, so we encourage you to complete your application soon. Apply here.

The original deadline for graduate students to apply for CARES funding passed (May 22), but the Graduate Division is still trying to provide funds for technical purchases related to COVID (laptops, peripherals, software, etc.). Graduate students can reach out to Robert Hamm and/or Carlos Nash to seek financial support for technical purchases.

The Financial Crisis Response Team is still issuing emergency grants for graduate students.  As always, these grants are based on a holistic assessment of the student's situation and circumstances. Financial impacts of having to buy technology to work remotely, for instance, would be factored into the student's assessment. Amounts of funding vary; we cannot guarantee that a student will be granted funding or nor can we determine how much they will be granted until they apply. To get in touch with the FCRT, email financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.

Career Resources
Career Services is maintaining a live feed of career resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a list of companies currently hiring, virtual broadcasts, and other sources of information. It's also advised to look over their job search safety tips page to avoid getting scams and suspicious posting.