Many students encounter difficulties during college, whether due to academic or personal challenges. The struggle can be as simple as knowing who to talk to, where to go to get help, or simply getting their questions answered.
Thankfully, Jacks take CARE of Jacks.
Make your gift to the Essential Needs Impact Fund now!
The Lumberjack Case Management, Advocacy, Resources, & Essential Needs Center (aka the Lumberjack CARE Center) addresses concerns such as food insecurity, financial needs, and wellness. By collaborating with on-campus and community partners, the CARE Center refer students to supportive services that best meet their needs. Learn more about the CARE Center on their webpage.
When you give to the Essential Needs Impact Fund, your donation supports:
Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) - LEAF helps students facing unexpected financial hardships by providing $500 emergency grants. Completely funded by donors with additional investment from the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU), LEAF has distributed over $500,000 directly to students since fall 2020. Funds are awarded as a grant and do not need to be repaid. Learn more on the LEAF webpage.
Louie’s Cupboard – Founded and operated by students, Louie’s Cupboard provides perishable and nonperishable food and resources to the NAU community. Many students struggle with the expenses of college. Some struggle to afford books or rent, but many college students face limited financial resources to buy groceries or a meal plan. The concept of a campus food pantry started with a class project geared towards social movements. Now, each year, Louie’s Cupboard serves hundreds of students, staff, and faculty through biweekly food distributions. Learn more on the Cupboard's webpage.
Employee Lumberjack Fund (ELF) – Founded over 25 years ago as the Santa's Sleigh Fund, ELF has provided over $50,000 to support NAU employees in times of need. The purpose of the fund is to provide small, one-time monetary gifts to full-time NAU employees facing severe financial hardships or personal tragedies. In the past, it has been used for children’s holiday presents, doctor bills, cancer treatment and rent.