Employees working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to meet minimum standards in many communities given the local cost of living. CSU has committed to moving the base salary for the lowest paid employees on campus to $30,000 no later than 2020.
Social Services Programs
Navigating social services can be challenging for employees who work full-time, have language barriers, lack transportation, and/or are not familiar with local agencies. The CARE program connects and refers CSU employees to local health and social services resources including healthcare, child and elder care, food, education, and transportation. The Neighbor to Neighbor program connects employees with local community members to find and retain housing and prevent homelessness.
Rams Against Hunger
20% of college students experience food insecurity (i.e. lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life)3. The meal swipe program provides CSU students experiencing food insecurity with 75 meal swipes per semester for all-you-care-to-eat meals in the dining centers. The mobile food pantry on campus provides students and staff experiencing food insecurity up to 50 pounds of food including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and baked goods several times per semester. In its first year, the pantry served 2,264 unique visitors.
Take It or Leave It
During residence hall move out in 2018, 32,000 pounds of material was kept out of the landfill and donated to Homeless Gear and their network of three dozen local non-profits to support those most in need in the local