Resources for Difficult Times

The University of Arizona recognizes employees may face various hardships. This page contains links to community and state-wide resources that may be helpful in navigating these challenges. These links are for informational purposes only. The information on these external websites is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Arizona Together

"Resources Arizonans need to stay healthy, including employment & financial assistance, food & meals, homeowner, renter & homeless support, and healthcare."

[UA Campus Resource] Employee Emergency Fund

"The University of Arizona community has a long history of demonstrating compassion for its members and for providing generous donations to colleagues in need. Employees Helping Employees is a financial assistance program to aid our benefit-eligible workforce who face temporary hardship as a result of unexpected emergency expenses."

Federal Student Aid (Student Loans)

"If you’re in a short-term financial bind, you may qualify for a deferment or a forbearance. With either of these options, you can temporarily suspend your payments."


Arizona Food Bank Network

“Welcome to Arizona’s largest database of food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other organizations that distribute emergency food.”

Arizona Together

"Resources Arizonans need to stay healthy, including food & meals, employment & financial assistance, homeowner, renter & homeless support, and healthcare."

[UA Campus Resource] Campus Pantry

“The goal of the University of Arizona Campus Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in our Wildcat community. Students and staff can grab important food staples at our distribution events at no cost. All you need is your CatCard!”

[UA Campus Resource] Campus Closet

“Campus Closet is an ASUA service organization that collects and then distributes - free of charge - gently used or new business, professional, and casual clothing to University of Arizona students, faculty, and staff members.”

Department of Economic Security Food Assistance

“Food assistance programs available through the Department of Economic Security (DES) and its community partners increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children, low-income individuals, and seniors with access to nutritious food.”

Arizona Job Connection Resume Builder

"Log in to the Arizona Job Connection website to:

  • Create and build your resume.
  • Search job openings.
  • Get matched with hiring employers near you." 

Arizona Together

"Resources Arizonans need to stay healthy, including employment & financial assistance, food & meals, homeowner, renter & homeless support, and healthcare."

Department of Economic Security Resources for Job Seekers

Includes job bank, career and skill assessment, free online training, and special assistance for veterans, disabled workers, mature workers, youth, and nutritional assistance recipients.

Arizona Department of Economic Security Short-Term Crisis Services

“Short-Term Crisis Services (STCS) Program provides temporary assistance to low-income families experiencing an emergency need that cannot be met immediately by their own income, and resources to help stabilize an immediate financial crisis. A dependent child must live in the home.”

Arizona Department of Housing

“The first step renters should take if they are concerned about paying their rent or facing eviction is to contact their on-site manager or lease agent by phone or email right away to let them know if you may need rental assistance or a payment plan for your next monthly rental payment. Early communication with residents and managers allows for more time to respond and explore all options.”

Arizona Together

"Resources Arizonans need to stay healthy, including homeowner, renter & homeless support, employment & financial assistance, food & meals, and healthcare."

Arizona Department of Economic Security Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you recently lost your job through no fault of your own, you may qualify to receive Unemployment Insurance Benefits payments. Learn about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for benefits.

Additional Resources

Financial Wellness

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Employee Assistance Counseling

Free, confidential short-term counseling is available to all benefits-eligible employees, their dependents, and members of their households.

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