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Fall 2020 Update for Students - Nov. 13, 2020: Lancer Emergency Assistance Fund now available to help you

Published Nov 13, 2020

Not being able to pay for gas should never keep you out of class. College of Lake County wants to ensure sustainable access to emergency resources for students like you.

Starting in November, the new Lancer Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) will aid you in the best way possible at your time of need. This emergency assistance is a program of care and compassion, free of judgment, for the community of Lancer students.

Funded by CLC Foundation donations, institutional dollars and federal financial aid grants, this emergency assistance will serve many purposes. You may find yourself needing cash to fix a flat tire so you can drive to class. Struggling to put food on the table, you may need a meal card to buy groceries so you can stay healthy and focus on coursework. You may even need help paying your gas bill to keep your home warm this winter while taking classes online.

If you're a currently enrolled CLC student with an emergency need you can access resources through the online LEAF application and submit any required documentation. You will receive a decision within 1-5 business days, depending on the urgency of the request.

If you need immediate food assistance, the Northern Illinois Food Bank offers a mobile food pantry, including pop-up markets at CLC’s Grayslake campus through December.

Additionally, United Way of Lake County’s 211 service is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral helpline connecting individuals and families in need with access to available health and human services. Lake County residents can connect to a wide range of services by phone or text, and an expert navigator will guide them to the help they need, regardless of the time of day, the language they speak, or where they live.