Helping Students Stay in School
We know that life can happen at any time, and unexpected barriers can cause major disruptions to routine life. Maybe you lost your job or the current one you have isn’t paying the bills. Maybe you can’t find affordable childcare, and might have to drop out. Maybe you are at risk of losing your housing, or can’t afford to pay your utility bills. Maybe money is tight and you can’t afford to put gas in the tank to get to school, or you need to see a doctor and don’t have healthcare. These are just a few of the many things that can suddenly become a barrier, and might prevent a student from staying in school and reaching their dreams.
At the Roadrunner Resource Center, our job is to know the resources both on our campus and in our communities that can help support you when life happens. It is our job to know how to connect students to the resources that could mean the difference between staying in school, and dropping out.
Get Connected to Resources That Can Help With:
- Emergency Housing
- Textbooks and supplies
- And Others!
Use our Single Stop Tool to complete a quick profile to discover benefits and resources! We'll use the basic information you enter to figure out what assistance you're eligible for (OHP, SNAP, WIC, TANF, and Tax Credits), and estimate how much those benefits can save you per year. You can also browse available community resources in Linn and Benton counties, and connect with a Coordinator. Click the button below to get started.
Where can I go to find emergency resources to help me?
Use our campus Single Stop tool to find resources that can connect you to housing help, transportation, healthcare and other basic needs. Here's how:
- Click on the link above, and scroll to the bottom and click the blue search for resources button. Enter zip code, then click enter.
- Click the browse local resources page button again, and that brings you to the database.
- You will see a map, and options to click on to filter your search. Click the box by Housing for example, and it will think for a moment, and filter out everything except what is tagged as Housing.
- From here, you can scroll through and find places that meet what you are looking for, the websites, and how to contact them.
What if I cannot pay for Internet service?
Internet Essentials is low-cost internet service for families, and is being offered for two months free. This can help with accessing coursework while we are in a work-from-home phase.
Where can I find free Wifi Hotspots?
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the region are now available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. If you do not currently have home internet access, Xfinity also offers Internet Essentials and new customers will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Search wifi.xfinity.com for coverage in your area. We will share other coverage providers when they become available.
Where can I get access to food resources in my community?
How to access SNAP, Meals on Wheels, food pantries and other food assistance is being updated daily here: https://oregonhunger.org/covid-19/
The Oregon Food Bank has also compiled a list of food resources available. Use their Food Finder by inputting your zipcode, then start browsing through local food services.
Where can I find free meals for my kids?
Free breakfast and lunch are available to all children age 1-18 every weekday at 13 different locations. All the times and locations can be found at bit.ly/GAPSMeals.
FISH is also providing home food delivery of large Snacks for Packs for those in need. If you are experiencing food insecurity and are unable to pick up these meals, please contact FISH directly and let them know that the school district sent you. They are open Monday through Friday, and you may pick up food boxes at the FISH office. If you are interested in volunteering and/or donating, please contact FISH directly at (541) 928-4460.
Where can I find help with groceries?
Expensify.org is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger. With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, Expensify.org is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately. Until today, this fund was focused on paying off kids' "lunch debts" , but with schools closed around the nation, that isn't the top priority. Instead, we're devoting everything to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:
- Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
- Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
- Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
- SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
- Submit it to email@example.com
- Set up your bank account to receive the funds
- So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.
Can I use my EBT card to buy food online?
I can’t pay my rent, what do I do?
Cities and states across the country are already suspending evictions and foreclosures in response to the spread of the coronavirus, and all evictions and foreclosures are suspended for 60 days.
I can’t afford to pay my power bill?
Pacific Power has temporarily suspended disconnections and late fees for nonpayment.
I can’t afford my water bill, what do I do?
Many city offices that handle water bills and other city utilities are asking that customers contact them directly, as they understand that this is a difficult time for many, and they will be flexible in helping those whose income has been affected during this time.