Western recognizes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our students. In this time of uncertainty, we are working to provide those in need with resources in the local community and on campus. If you are a student in need, please be aware of these possible resources.
The Western Foundation has established a Student Emergency Fund to provide relief for students who are experiencing food and housing insecurity, those whose families are confronting job loss or illness, and for those who are hungry and unable to afford even basic necessities. Student Emergency Fund Application Form
The Whatcom Asset Building Coalition is providing up to date list regarding resources and services in Whatcom County here (see WABC Site for Food Access); area food bank information from the Opportunity Council is here WABC Daily Food Resources; and community resources are listed here More Community Resources and more here Assistance for Individuals and Families. Additionally, Western is hosting pop-up meal kit distribution every Wednesday from May 4 to June 10 outside the Viking Commons (while supplies last).
Assistance for low income people in Washington, including links to Washington Law Help, can be found here: NW Justice Website
If you have incurred expenses related to the disruption of University Operations due to coronavirus, and meet eligibility requirements for federal student aid, please see additional information about federal CARES grants.
If you are a currently enrolled WWU student who is in need of short term assistance, please fill the brief form below. Approximately one business day after you submit the form, a WWU staff member from the Office of Student Life will connect you to the proper resources (food assistance, short term housing, etc.)
To qualify for food security assistance options, Western Washington University students:
- Must be a currently enrolled student at Western Washington University
- Currently do not have ready access to money with which to buy food
Please use this survey to express your need (food assistance, housing assistance, technology need, etc.) and a WWU staff member from the Office of Student Life will contact you approximately one business day after you submit the form: Survey for Expressing Need
This work is a collaboration with Western’s Office of Financial Aid, Western Hub of Living Essentials (WHOLE) Pantry, Associated Students, Off-Campus Living, the Western Foundation, Western Success Scholars program, Dining Services and Residence Life.
If you are having an emergency and you require police assistance please call 360-650-3911 or 911
For mental health emergencies please contact WWU Counseling's Emergency Services or 911